The headline is a line I stole from David Thorpe. And it's true! Being well-rested makes you a better competitor.
Gregg Popovich understands better than most coaches. John Hollinger (Insider):
San Antonio doesn't have a single player averaging as many as 30 minutes a game, and while this is partly because Gregg Popovich punted the second half of the Houston game, it's also because he's the best in the league at managing the big picture. Don't say we didn't warn you when Manu Ginobili comes back and the Spurs suddenly reel off a 15-2 stretch against a slew of weary opponents.