Gregg Popovich has been resting his aging stars for years now, but in a nationally televised game, commissioner David Stern decided enough was enough.
The Spurs received a $250,000 fine for their actions, which were both criticized and supported.
However, the Spurs difficult schedule along with their stars' ages remain a problem, and it isn't very characteristic of Popovich to see him completely alter his plans because Stern wants him to.
He'll simply modify them.
With over half of the season to go, the Spurs will likely make similar decisions some time before the year's end. Here are a few games in which the Spurs can afford to sit their veterans, without drawing a fine.