What bothers you most about the Cleveland Cavaliers resting their star players?

Ross Houston
March 20, 2017

The Los Angeles Clippers absolutely embarrassed the Cleveland Cavaliers 108-78 Saturday night, which would be the news story of the week if LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love weren't all resting. Even the National Basketball Association wasn't pleased, as the league called Cavs GM David Griffin shortly after the start of the game.

"I know we're not playing great right now", Doc Rivers said before the win against Cleveland.

"That second and fourth quarter really hurt us as far as when you go deeper and deeper into your bench and when guys are sitting out, it kind of shows", he said.

The Cavs will be staying in California to take on the Los Angeles Lakers Sunday night. Kevin just had his first game back, we needed two days in between each game.

The NBA has a serious problem on its hands when it comes to teams resting players.

"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. I mean, it's bad.

Ingram's work wasn't ideal on the night, but continuing to rack of praise from some of the best players and minds in the league shouldn't go unnoticed. "There are people with Blake and DJ jerseys all over the place".

James has played in 63 of the Cavaliers 69 games so far, missing a couple for minor injuries and a couple others for rest, so no one can question his commitment to getting on the court when he's healthy.

But is that enough for Cavs fans?

"Obviously it sucks at times because certain games you only play in certain cities once, or you play certain teams once on their home floor, but for me personally, I want to play in every game", continued James.

Almost every team sits their stars, especially squads that have championship aspirations. The week before it was the Golden State Warriors who rested Stephen Curry and Draymond Green. You need to protect the top guys from exhaustion.

Shooting guard Kyle Korver (foot) was also out for the sixth game in a row as Cleveland posted its worst offensive output since December 26, 2015, and saw its lead in the Eastern Conference reduced to 1 1/2 games. Instead, the Clippers who entered the game amid a troubling slide emerged from it victorious, but with no real sense of whether they had addressed their issues.

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