Doc Rivers Believes The NBA Has A Scheduling Problem

Doc Rivers Believes The NBA Has A Scheduling Problem

After resting on Saturday night versus the Los Angeles Clippers, the Cavaliers' regulars had enough in the tank to reverse a 10-point deficit to open the fourth quarter and pick up a win over the Lakers in LA.

The decision to sit Love and Irving against the Clippers was strictly due to health issues. 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".

"I mean, it's stupid", Lue said Sunday before the game, via the Akron Beacon Journal.

With the Celtics losing to the 76ers earlier today, the Cavs could extend their lead over Boston back to 2.5 games with a win.

For a while, it seemed like the Lakers could absorb the inevitable presence of Irving (46 points), James (34) and Kevin Love (21).

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. "There are some times guys have to rest, and some guys need rest". "We communicated. Offense will come and go, but defense is something that you hang your hat on and that is where you build your trust as a team".

"I liked our defensive spirit and our (talking)", said Clippers forward Blake Griffin, who scored a game-high 23 points with eight rebounds in three quarters. Maybe then he wouldn't have to sit out games in cities, like Memphis, that only get one chance to see him in person all year.

"But coach's job is to figure out a way to get a team to compete for a championship, and not compete for a game". "We have to treat those games like they're afternoon games and you don't play the night before, and you don't play the next night after. The more he plays, the more and more he is going to get more comfortable out there", James said (via Winters). I know fans all across the league want to see us at our best and they got to see a show tonight (against the Lakers). I just think getting those two back tomorrow and getting on the same page is good for us, instead of just trying to play him when Kevin can't play in a back-to-back and Kyrie can't play in the back-to-back. How many wins does it cost the Cavs if LeBron plays 35 minutes instead of almost 38?

However, Malone was an exception during his era, playing in at least 80 games in 17 of his 19 seasons.