When the Golden State Warriors rested Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala and Klay Thompson for an ABC prime-time game against the San Antonio Spurs the previous week, they were finishing a stretch of five games in seven days in which they traveled to NY and Atlanta, came back home to face Boston and then went to Minnesota the day before visiting San Antonio. "I really do. I hate it".
"There are families that probably bought tickets tonight to see LeBron James and us play for the first time and they didn't get a chance to see that", Rivers said Saturday evening after the Clippers' 108-78 blowout of the diminished Cavaliers.
With Love and Irving benefiting from an extra day of rest, Lue chose to hold out James as well, with the coach telling reporters that the decision made James "pissed". Five in seven are tough.
Teams, especially ones like the Cavs and Warriors that will be prominent playoff contenders, are trying to do right by their players to ensure they are in peak physical condition for what they hope will be a long postseason run. Lue said his three stars all will return Sunday night against the woeful Lakers. Los Angeles (41-29) had lost six of 10, and Oklahoma City is a half-game behind the Clippers for fifth place in the Western Conference. Jamal Crawford also had 13 points. "I wanted to play [Saturday] 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". Golden State's Steve Kerr sat Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala for a showdown with San Antonio last week. No other Cavs player scored in double figures besides their "Big 3". "They don't look like a team that's won only 20 games".
When asked to suggest a long-term solution for this issue, Rivers said was sure only about the need for the league to "protect our product". "It sounds so easy, but it's not because it's hard to schedule around that".
"I definitely hope to stick around and just get the National Basketball Association experience, but if not, get back to the D-League, keep working hard, keep working on my game and see where that goes", Nwaba said.
TIP-INS: Cavaliers: Shumpert played after spraining his left shoulder Thursday. As LeBron told reporters in LA of Magic's hiring: "I have nothing to do with the Lakers, so I have no reaction".
Clippers: Host the New York Knicks on Monday.