Published: Mon, March 20, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

Cavs Getting Complaints From NBA And Doc Rivers After Resting Big 3

Cavs Getting Complaints From NBA And Doc Rivers After Resting Big 3

The Cleveland Cavaliers handed the Los Angeles Clippers a gift on Saturday.

After the Cleveland Cavaliers rested LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love in yesterday's game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Doc Rivers told reporters that the National Basketball Association needs to do something about their scheduling.

Irving finished with 46 points as the Cavaliers notched their 46th win in 69 outings. "Because Kyrie didn't come back the game before because of knee soreness, Kevin just had his first game back and he needed two games between these games. They don't look like a team that's won only 20 games". During the telecast, Cavaliers' GM David Griffin told ABC that Love and Irving weren't going to be playing anyway due to their injuries and the James scratch was strictly for rest. "Me personally, I want to play in every game, I wanted to play last night but my coach said he felt it was best I didn't play last night so I didn't and I'm going to go with my coach". Sometimes you have to understand it is not a show, but a competition. "The more and more he plays, the more and more he is going to get more comfortable out there. When you get down early, it hurts your confidence and now you got to fight and try to win your game". Everybody has. Four in five nights are tough. Russell hit seven 3-pointers and had six assists while committing just one turnover in 41 minutes.

"Kid has a lot of talent". "He's a special player". It's not the first time we've done it.

Richard Jefferson came off the bench to score a team-high 12 points for Cleveland (45-23), who have a 11/2-game lead over the Boston Celtics for the top spot in the Eastern Conference. That was the game in which he debuted his "Ice in My Veins" post-shot celebration.

D'Angelo Russell led the Lakers with 40 points. After Russell was called for a double dribble, Irving made a 3-pointer for the 109-106 edge at the 4:09 mark.

But it does create problems for an entertainment product when the best players are not performing. "He's a professional scorer. The more he plays, the more and more he is going to get more comfortable out there", James said (via Winters).

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