A day after Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue made a decision to rest James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love in his team's 108-78 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on ABC, the four-time MVP scoffed at the idea that player rest is hurting the league's appeal, and framed it as a simple reality of the sport.
The Cleveland Cavaliers were barely competitive without their Big 3 at the Staples Center on Saturday night, but the star trio is expected back for the second half of the Cavaliers' double-dip in Los Angeles on Sunday when they face the host Lakers. The Lakers offense was humming as the team hit shot after shot to push the Cavaliers to their limit, and after taking some time to praise D'Angelo Russell for his role in the near upset, James turned his attention to the young forward he was often matched up with.
But those minutes added up over the course of a season could give James essentially seven extra games worth of rest. "It's hard and it's impossible if you actually knew what is going on in terms of scheduling, but the look of back-to-back ABC national games, it's not looking good".
"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".More news: Robert Downey Jr. to star in The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle
The San Antonio Spurs got back to winning ways as they beat the Sacramento Kings for the 10th time on the spin.
Doug McDermott came off the bench to score 21 points on 8-of-9 shooting for the Thunder, which won its fifth straight game. (It was the Cavs' lowest scoring game of the season.) The Clippers' blowout victory represented the second straight damp squib in Saturday primetime, after the Warriors sat Steph Curry, Draymond Green, Andre Igoudala and Klay Thompson in their 107-85 loss against the Spurs last week.
"Yeah, they were not happy", Griffin said.
Rivers believes that teams shouldn't be expected to play two nationally broadcasted games in two days. "Korver is legitimately injured, so you pick the game you're going to be the most competitive in and that's the one that 'Bron needs to play in". "So, I don't see there's a problem going on with our league".More news: Petition calls on Tatton MP George Osborne to 'pick one job'
"I can't make [James] drag himself through this tonight by himself and then have everybody else play tomorrow and still not win", Griffin said.
That said, Irving gets why fans are ticked. "Hopefully we can spread (the schedule) out a little bit more and get guys a little bit more rest".
However, Malone was an exception during his era, playing in at least 80 games in 17 of his 19 seasons.More news: Bob Menendez to face trial on bribery and corruption charges
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