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

Dribbles: Rest seems to serve Cavs well, huh?

Dribbles: Rest seems to serve Cavs well, huh?

"We don't have anything to lose", D'Angelo Russell, all of 21 years and 24 days old, said Sunday after a career-high scoring effort in a 125-120 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers at Staples Center.

"It's great. I'm just staying aggressive, getting to my spots, making sure I've got my legs under me", Irving said. Clippers coach Doc Rivers bashed his counterpart Tyronn Lue, saying "there is a fan base that probably bought tickets tonight to see LeBron James play for the first time". While Griffin defends that everyone except for one player on the roster were "reasonably injured" heading into last night's contest, the decision didn't sit well with a number of people, including former National Basketball Association head coach and current ESPN/ABC color commentator Jeff Van Gundy, who said the Cavs sitting their Big 3 should be a "prosecutable offense".

According to Luke Walton, fans can look forward to watching those two try to replicate Sunday night's effort until further notice. So LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love all sat, and people were not happy.

As part of the NBA's new nine-year, $24 billion media rights deal with Disney and Turner, ABC launched Saturday Primetime last year in hopes of creating a new weekly showcase game to augment TNT Thursday Night and ESPN's Wednesday and Friday night slates.

"We can afford anything; I mean you still have to beat us", he said when asked if the Cavaliers can afford to give away games. Is he responsible only to his team and his players? You need to protect the top guys from exhaustion.

"It has to start from scratch every game, and I feel like with me, that's how I've been approaching games, with the same mentality, and it hasn't really worked out for me. Now that I'm out, we might as well let it come all the way back, but it just hasn't yet".

Up Next - Now halfway through their four-game roadie, the Wine and Gold head for the Rockies next - traveling to Denver to take on Mike Malone's Nuggets on Wednesday night. Like the fans, coaches and broadcasters, players seem to want the issue addressed too.

Channing Frye, Deron Williams, J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert and Tristan Thompson all started as the Clippers were led by Blake Griffin's 23 points. If the visiting team's on a back-to-back, you're taking your chances.

Kyrie Irving bounced back from a cranky left knee to lead everyone with 46 points - his third 40-point performance of the season - going 15-for-21 from the floor, including 6-of-10 from long-range and a ideal 10-of-10 from the stripe.

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

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