If I were Pop and am aware of TPs playing style and eagerness to get back on the court, I would sit him for a longer period too. Because when TP does lace up his go-fasters and hits the floor, I want to insure his ankles are strong enough to endure the stress of all his spin and twist moves and again make his pirouettes in the lane leading to a basket a thing of beauty. A reinjured TP sitting on the bench again for a long period of time, particularly heading into the playoffs, is not an option.
Basketball is not an equal opportunity game. If you can't shoot it well, you don't get to shoot. -- Bob Donewald