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Miami man's lawsuit against the Spurs for resting stars dismissed

By Royce Young | NBA writer

You can sleep now everyone. The suit filed against the Spurs by a Heat fan because Gregg Popovich rested his stars for a game in Miami in November has been thrown out. Via the Miami New Times:

The lawsuit was filed by local lawyer Larry McGuinness, and he claimed the Spurs violated Florida's deceptive and fair trade practices law.

McGuinness claims he and the 16,000 other fans in attendance had payed premium ticket prices for what they thought would be a matchup between the starting lineup of two of the biggest powerhouses in the NBA. Instead, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich decided to send starters Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Danny Green home on a plane before the game.

"You're advertised to get one thing, and you get something totally different and that's the nature of the lawsuit," McGuinness told CBS4 News at the time. He compared the incident to paying for a porterhouse but getting cube steak in return. That of course ignores the fact that the game actually turned out to be surprisingly close.

According to the Associated Press, McGuinness is voluntarily dropping the claim.

The Nov. 29 game was supposed to be a spotlight Thursday night national TV showdown between powerhouses from each conference, but instead, Popovich decided to send home Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Danny Green.

The NBA was very upset and fined the Spurs an unprecedented $250,000 for the move.

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