ONE STEP BACKWARD, TWO STEPS FORWARD: In the event the San Antonio Spurs go on to win the 2013 NBA title, we can all look back at the masterful stroke former military strategist Greg Popovich pulled off in the final period of Game Two.
With Miami turning on the heat, Pop pulled out his 'Oldies But Goodies' trio of Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobli and Tony Parker from the game.
To some, it was an early surrender for the Spurs. But not for the stoic San Antonio drillmaster, who gave his veteran trio the rest they needed to set the stage for the now famous 'Texas Massacre' of Game Three.
Watching Coach Pop in Game Two was like leafing through the history books of the PBA when Utex coach Tommy Manotoc pulled off his famous 'one step backward, two steps forward' strategy during the 1980 Open Conference against Toyota.
Seeing Game Four slip away, Manotoc pulled out his best players with a good half a quarter left which gave his team the extra ounce of energy they needed to pull off days later what is still considered the greatest comeback in PBA history - a game highlighted by the "longest four seconds" in the PBA's annals.
Well, Popovich did the same thing again in Game Four, pulling out Duncan, Parker, and Ginobili one after the other in the endgame when it became clear there was no stopping the Miami Heat in their march to a series-tying victory.
Will the gambit pay off in Game Five? Let's wait and see.