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“Each organization has a big-picture view of what they are trying to get accomplished and I think the league respects that,” Spoelstra said.

Popovich had Boris Diaw, Matt Bonner, Tiago Splitter, Nando De Colo and Patty Mills in his starting lineup. Besides the four players sent home, Stephen Jackson and Kawhi Leonard are injured, meaning the Spurs had only four substitutes available.

“Obviously,” Bonner said, “we’re a little short-handed.”

The Heat had one lineup move as well. With Shane Battier out with a sprained right knee, Spoelstra moved Rashard Lewis into Miami’s starting lineup alongside LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Mario Chalmers.