I know people have kind of perfected burying their heads in the sand when it has come to Stevens' shortcomings, but, man, how you can rationalize this one away is beyond me, Pho. This is literal harm with no benefit coming from Stevens' poor decision-making, yet somehow it's not his fault? Give me a break.
I guess I just don't agree with the idea that the team should rest every single important rotation player once seeding is determined.
I mean, Smart is important but he's arguably the 4th or 5th most talented player on the team. Brad had to play somebody.
Also I tend to think that Brad's ability to simply say "All of you guys are sitting tonight" is hampered by the players themselves wanting to play. Knowing that he was going to sit basically the whole team minus Jaylen and Terry in the season finale, it's hard to imagine Brad getting all the guys to agree to sit out Sunday as well.
And the fact remains that this is the sort of injury that could happen anytime.
Why does it bother you so much more that it happened at some point in a relatively meaningless game against Orlando as opposed to happening during the blowout against Indiana, or during the first few minutes of the first game of round 1?
Is an injury only acceptable if it occurs during a part of the game that was "meaningful"? Does it matter if the play in question was one that did or did not affect the outcome of the game?
Shoot, Smart has injured himself tons of times by risking his body for loose balls and the like even when the play wouldn't really make a big difference and the game wasn't that important.
In fact, I seem to recall that Smart was injured heading into the playoffs last year because of something just like that.
This is part of the Marcus Smart experience. He's going to get some wear and tear injuries related to his style of play, and it could happen anytime.
I don't put it on Brad to prevent that stuff.