The 10 most memorable moments of this NBA season

Published: Friday, Dec. 7 2012 11:14 a.m. MST

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San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich's controversial decision to rest his three biggest stars before a nationally televised game against the Miami Heat drew the ire of the league and its fans.

The Spurs were fined $250,000 by the league after Popovich, the reigning NBA coach of the year, elected to not have Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili or Tony Parker travel with the team to Miami despite none of them having any reported injuries.

The league in a statement said the the fine was justified because Poppovich had acted "contrary to the best interests of the NBA."

The Heat nearly lost to the short-handed Spurs but ended up winning the game, 105-100.

"If I was taking my 6-year-old son or daughter to the game, I'd want him or her to see everybody. And if they weren't there, I'd be disappointed. So I understand that perspective," Popovich told reporters before the game. "Hopefully, people in that position will understand my perspective, what my priority is - the basketball team and what's best for it."
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Outstanding article.

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