Heat coach Erik Spoelstra was asked if San Antonio's decision to sit their stars in Miami had an impact on his decision to rest his stars for this game.
"I could see how you guys can draw that conclusion, but no," Spoelstra said before the game.
Unlike Popovich, Spoelstra listed injuries as the reason for his stars' absence, which will likely eliminate the chance of the league fining Miami.
Popovich reacted in mock horror when told James, Wade and Chalmers were out.
"Are you kidding me?," Popovich said in mock astonishment. "Who would think of something like that? That's below the belt. There's no place for that."