It has only been a week since the Golden State Warriors decided to sit Steph Curry, Draymond Green, and Klay Thompson for what was to be a monumental prime time TV slotted showdown with the San Antonio Spurs, and now the Cleveland Cavaliers decided to call the same audible. The Cavs rested their 3 best players, LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love on Saturday in their big match up against Blake Griffin and the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday. The Cavs lost big time with a final score of 108 – 78.
Now, according to ESPN’s Romano Shelburne, The Cavaliers general manager, David Griffin got an earful after the game from the NBA league office, who were a little less than pleased about the team’s resting call. ESPN and ABC color commentator Jeff Van Gundy has said that the Cavs sitting their Big 3 should be a “prosecutable offense,” and many are saying that that’s not hyperbole.
The call to bench the bigs also rubbed a 14 time NBA all star and twice MVP of the league, Karl Malone, the wrong way too. The big man explained that “if you don’t have at least 10 yrs experience, get your a** playing. It’s not work, it’s called playing. Besides..”
The NBA league has continually tried to make moves to ensure that their most famous, talented, and excited players end up sitting out games, which their fans have shelled out big bucks for; but the teams always argue that it’s a game rather than a show, and they want to keep their players healthy for the post season. The LA Clippers head coach, Doc Rivers opted up a fix: “I think we have to treat those games like they’re afternoon games, and you don’t play the night before. And then you don’t play the next night after.” Well said Doc.