Apr 10, 2012, 11:53 AM EDT
Note to Paul Millsap: It was nothing personal. He would do this against anyone.
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich rested his big three — Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili — on Monday night when the Spurs took on the Jazz. Popovich didn’t care about the Spurs 11-game winning streak or the paying fans in Utah. He cares about having his team ready for the playoffs, and with his older stars that means rest on back-to-backs. So they sat.
While most Jazz fans will take that and the win that came with it, Paul Millsap will not. The Utah forward took offense, reports the Salt Lake Tribune.
Jazz forward Paul Millsap said it was a “slap in the face.”
“I think that was a little motivation that … got us through, just thinking about that,” Millsap said.
Paul, your team is 1.5 games out of the last playoff spot in the West with just eight games left to play — you need extra motivation? If you get handed a gift win by the team atop the standings in the Western Conference, you take it and say thank you. The problem is you almost didn’t take it — you needed a nine-point fourth quarter comeback to get the win. Save the energy for Houston and Memphis on the schedule later this week — you need those games. Let this one go.
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