"And then you don't play the next night after".
"Kid has a lot of talent. So I don't see a problem with people watching", LeBron said. "He has the in between game, can handle the ball. I wanted to play last night but my coach felt like it was best that I didn't play last night, so I'm going to go with my coach and he's never steered me wrong". The Lakers have something special in their rookie forward, they just have to be patient and let him reach his full potential. Typically, only the top teams in the league like Golden State and Cleveland are able to rest players without jeopardizing their playoff hopes.
Clippers head coach Doc Rivers said the Cavaliers' decision to rest LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love for the big Saturday night game against the Clippers was "not cool", while ABC analyst Jeff Van Gundy was a little less measured, calling it a "prosecutable offence". Every NBA general manager would sign up to lose a game in March if it meant winning four in May.
With LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love all sitting on Saturday vs. the Los Angeles Clippers, an ongoing National Basketball Association problem appears to be getting worse, the willingness of National Basketball Association teams to "rest" players while still charging fans full price for the tickets. "There are some times guys have to rest, and some guys need rest". He's still getting his groove back after missing the 13 games before Saturday, and playing the second half of a back-to-back just isn't in the cards.
He said that Irving and Love both legitimately needed to sit out due to injuries and that LeBron needed to take the night off for rest as well.
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Kyrie Irving bounced back from a cranky left knee to lead everyone with 46 points - his third 40-point performance of the season - going 15-for-21 from the floor, including 6-of-10 from long-range and a flawless 10-of-10 from the stripe.
When Cleveland benched their stars for Saturday night's nationally televised game against the Clippers, reaction was swift and united.
"But coach's job is to figure out a way to get a team to compete for a championship, and not compete for a game".
Lue said Cleveland's inability to generate much on the offensive end hurt them. (Though that may be a chicken-and-egg thing; what likely brings success for teams that rest multiple superstars is that they have multiple superstars to rest.) Maybe, eventually, some coaches decide that their odds are better if they rest their stars one at a time instead of all at once, but this is what's happening now. "I really do. But it is what it is for us from an injury standpoint".