The Miami Heat have LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. The Spurs have dominated for years with the trio of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili.
Gregg Popovich can rest easy. Manu Ginobili is just fine.
NBA Commissioner David Stern said Wednesday his $250,000 fine of the San Antonio Spurs was justified because the club went beyond what league owners agreed was a reasonable approach to resting healthy players.
Gregg Popovich sent his best players home, deciding they reached the end of the road before the trip was over.
For nine of the San Antonio Spurs, a six-game, nine-night trip was ending in Miami on Thursday.
The San Antonio Spurs will be punished by the NBA for their decision to send four top players home and not make them available to play in Miami against the Heat on Thursday night.
LeBron James turned away from his teammates gathered in the center circle and waved to the fans as if to say: "See you Sunday."
No looking ahead to the medal round yet. Not when Argentina is the next opponent for the U.S. men's basketball team.
The U.S. Olympic men's basketball team wore the throwback uniforms of the 1992 Dream Team on Sunday. The Americans' play was much different.