Some MAS musings on the disappointing-turned-exhilarating first two rounds of the NBA playoffs.

(This, from a guy whose hoops career peaked when he was a starting guard on his junior high team and then went precipitously downhill thereafter.)

■ Gregg Popovich's double-edged sword — Yes, the unpopular decision by the curmudgeonly San Antonio coach to NOT play his aging stars in numerous regular-season games paid off in one sense: Tony Parker and Tim Duncan were fresh for the opening playoff round and performed well versus the Los Angeles Clippers.