PER Diem: Feb. 4, 2009

Why did the Spurs sit their three best players in a game that could affect playoff seeding? John Hollinger tries to figure it out.

Updated: February 4, 2009, 4:52 PM ET
By John Hollinger | ESPN.com

Say this about Gregg Popovich: He's not afraid to be unorthodox.

I can't think of a single other coach in the league who would do what he did last night. Of course, it helps to have the job security that comes with wining four championships. Only Phil Jackson is as confident in his future as Popovich is.

Still, it's pretty amazing to see three All-Star-caliber players sit out a game, given how tightly packed the Western Conference seeding race is. It's even more amazing ...

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