Cleveland Cavaliers Sit 3 Players, Hear from Front Office

Ross Houston
March 20, 2017

On Sunday, the Cav's Big Three returned to the lineup and combined to score 101 points in their 125-120 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.

But the Cavs center said "I'm good", when FOX Sports Ohio's Fred McLeod asked about the injury. "I think coaches are taking responsibility, trying to look after their players, make sure they get the proper rest". Still, Cleveland's no-show made waves due to its timing: Last Saturday, the Spurs blew out the Warriors 107-85 with Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson all resting.

According to, this is the second consecutive week where a marquee team has rested its stars in the NBA's Saturday prime-time slot on ABC.

A marquis matchup between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Clippers Saturday night on ABC was anything but, as the defending champs fell to the Clippers 108-78 on the road.

Throughout another ugly rebuilding campaign, the Lakers and their fans are buoyed by the occasional highlight-filled performance from their promising young players, as such evenings appear to foreshadow a better future, a crack of light in the current darkness. So LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love all sat, and people were not happy.

Westbrook posted 28 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds as the Thunder extended their winning streak to five games. "It's going to be hard but I think we can do this". "But we prepare our bodies for it and I don't have any ill will toward the National Basketball Association being disappointed, or the fans because I totally understand".

"This was tough because they were playing with free money tonight", Irving said.

"It's a long season, and a lot of games", Lue said. You need to protect the top guys from exhaustion. "Now that I'm out, we might as well let it come all the way back, but it just hasn't yet".

The Cavs should get a chance to beat a pretty bad team here as well.

"I feel like realizing every night is not going to be as easy as the previous night or whatever", he said. Like the fans, coaches and broadcasters, players seem to want the issue addressed too. He even rested Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan in the second game of a back-to-back last Thursday.

The NFL has taken some flak in recent years for overextending its television schedule by adding extra nights of coverage and forcing teams to play on short weeks.

The Clippers are fifth in the West, two games behind the fourth-place Jazz.

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