If you've never been to an NBA game in Miami, you have no idea what a gift Gregg Popovich gave to Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili Thursday night.
OK, and Danny Green, too.
None of them had to be bothered with flying there, and more important, none had to be bothered with hearing the cacophony that is American Airlines Arena. No throbbing drum section. No P.A. man screaming, "Dos ... Minutos!" Just a night off in November for the Spurs' stars and their (mostly) old bones.
Well, there are several points to be covered here. Let's just hit them one at a time.