Golden State Warriors expose NBA's rest problem as stars miss key games

The NBA has a rest problem.

For Saturday night’s ABC primetime matchup between the Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs – the top two teams in the West separated by 1½ games – Warriors coach Steve Kerr will rest Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala.

The league’s TV partners are paying the NBA $2.6 billion per season to televise NBA games, and Disney can’t be thrilled about Saturday’s development. Same can be said for fans who invested in tickets for this matchup.

“I’m sympathetic to fans who turn out — whether they buy tickets to games or watching games on television and don’t see their favorite player on the floor,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver has said previously.

And yet, as Silver has pointed out numerous times, “We also have to be realistic that the science has gotten to the point where there is that direct correlation that we’re aware of between…

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