“When teams do that and you are playing them, it does throw you off a little bit, but you have to come out and win the game”, Clippers coach Doc Rivers said.
“Because if they play tomorrow, they get two days off in a row now, and then they get two days off before Denver [on Wednesday]”, Griffin told ESPN. “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”. Indeed, James Harden, Isaiah Thomas, Paul George, John Wall, Kyle Lowry and a host of other All-Stars will combine to make zero Saturday Primetime appearances because their teams weren’t schedule to play, not because they were given the night off.
“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. “He was mad, but I just thought for him it was the right decision – not to go out there and try to carry the whole load by himself and playing more minutes”.
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.
Cleveland had an actual reason to sit out their best players. But as LeBron said, this is a team that has its sights set on a championship – not just winning one regular-season game.
For Love, the rest may have been more necessary than anyone else.
ATLANTA – The Trail Blazers snapped a five-game losing streak to the Atlanta Hawks as they continued their quest to overtake the Nuggets for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Would it be easier to amend that? They did not want to risk injury, but in order to insure their team’s health, the game did not end well. The financial obligation is not an issue as much as the team must decide if it wants to further integrate the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo graduate into the squad with a view to the NBA Summer League and a training camp invite or if another player worth trying out is on its radar. The Cavs’ medical staff preferred he get two to three days of rest before his next game. “It wasn’t nice to look at, but I was just happy to get out here with a win”.
Too bad it wasn’t nationally televised.
Of course, the Clippers would have learned more about themselves if Cleveland had actually played its top players.
Nothing is saying that it’ll work but what’s wrong with testing.