In theory, that would have fixed Saturday's game: Lue likely would have played his stars, or at least James, if the Cavaliers didn't need to turn around and play the Lakers on Sunday.
Sunday night against the Los Angeles Lakers, fans got to see LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love play (and score 101 points between them in a win).
The Clippers held the Cavaliers to a season low in points at 78, the third lowest total by a Clippers opponent this year. "And that's not cool".
The NBA has a serious problem on its hands when it comes to teams resting players.
Rivers understands why the Cavs sat their "big three" for the match, having rested Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan on the second night of a back-to-back situation on Thursday in Denver.
"He's one of the best guards in the league for a reason", Russell said. "I really do. I hate it".
That rekindled a debate that has flared up all season and took on extra heat just a week before when Steve Kerr rested his four best Warriors players in a nationally televised game on Saturday night. LaMarcus Aldridge had 18 points and eight rebounds, while Tony Parker put up 16 points and seven assists.
"I know we're not playing great right now", Doc Rivers said before the win against Cleveland.
Rivers proposed that the National Basketball Association provide buffer days around the Saturday night match-ups, ensuring that neither team plays the game as part of a back-to-back.
Back in front of the locker that read "Nwaba", the last player in the Lakers' locker room told NBCLA.com had completed his interview obligations for the night before he figured out Monday was the only guarantee he had with the Lakers. It sounds so easy but it's not, because it's hard scheduling around that way. "We have to protect the product". I don't have the solution.
And the Clippers are in the thick of it, along with the Utah Jazz, Oklahoma City Thunder and Memphis Grizzlies. 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.
While Saturday Primetime has delivered some great games, including Golden State's classic overtime win at the buzzer in Oklahoma City a year ago, recent matchups have been diluted by injuries and rest. Jamal Crawford also had 13 points.
Update: The Clippers have defeated the Knicks nine consecutive times, their longest active winning streak against a single opponent and longest against NY in franchise history. They did not want to risk injury, but in order to insure their team's health, the game did not end well.