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Spurs send message, but it's not clear

Did Popovich want to face Mavs in playoffs or was he just worried about stars'  health?

Updated: April 15, 2010, 9:03 AM ET
By Jeff Caplan | ESPNDallas.com

DALLAS -- Did the master manipulator from the River City just fire the first psychological salvo of this impending first-round playoff series?

Did the white-haired wise one with four championship rings and no necktie just jab his coaching finger at the Dallas Mavericks and say, "I want you"?

San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich swears that not dressing Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan for Wednesday's regular-season finale, won by the Mavs 96-89, was all about resting his two most ...

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