Doc Rivers Believes The NBA Has A Scheduling Problem

Ruben Ruiz
March 20, 2017

But Cleveland Cavaliers coach Ty Lue's decision, unlike Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr's last week, was prompted by injuries.

The NBA has recently called Cleveland Cavaliers General Manager David Griffin to complain about the team sitting its trio of stars out of a nationally televised game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday night.

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 flawless 10-of-10 from the stripe.

The Cleveland Cavaliers were barely competitive without their Big 3 at the Staples Center on Saturday night, but the star trio is expected back for the second half of the Cavaliers' double-dip in Los Angeles on Sunday when they face the host Lakers. 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 feel bad for the league". "I really do. I hate it".

The Clippers held the Cavaliers to a season low in points at 78, the third lowest total by a Clippers opponent this year.

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Later on in the interview, Griffin said "We've had so many guys in and out of the lineup, we just want to be as whole as we can be".

Griffin and Co. aren't too anxious about it and plan to fasten their seat belts down the stretch as they are aiming for their second straight championship. "We literally had one guy rest tonight and everybody else was reasonably injured". But I also know who we can be. Lue defended his decision to rest his players after the game.

The San Antonio Spurs got back to winning ways as they beat the Sacramento Kings for the 10th time on the spin. "Kyrie didn't come back the game before, knee soreness".

Around and around we go.

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