.BUT....WHAT IF RAY DOESN'T HIT THE 3 AND SPURS WIN....
Results shouldn't affect the decision. Last year the Spurs rested all their guys against Portland and lost by 40. Stern doesn't want teams to rest their starters in national televised games in the middle of the season. So he took steps to make sure it wouldn't happen again.
The Spurs easily could have rested the players for the Orlando game the night before, but they didn't. At the end of the day, the NBA is an entertainment league that's driven by stars and superstars.
People don't watch the NBA for close games as much as they watch for star power. Hence, the decision by Stern.