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NBA - Teams Must Field Best Players

Posted by BetOnline team on 3/22/2017 9:52:25 AM
NBA resting players

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has grown tired of the new trend of teams resting star players for nationally televised games.

So he gave Cleveland Cavaliers General Manager David Griffin a call to complain about the Cavs resting healthy players LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love for a Saturday night’s prime time matchup against the Los Angeles Clippers.

But the Cavs said there were legitimate reasons to hold the players out. It was the second night of a back-to-back game. Irving experienced knee soreness. Love was rested because he recently had knee surgery and James sat because the other two were not playing.

James was upset that he was told to sit and didn’t appreciate being heckled by opposing fans while he sat on the bench. Head coach Tyrone Lue was not thrilled either although he took ownership of the move.

The Clippers whipped the Cavs 108-78 and Lue was asked if the Cavs could afford to give away game with their lead in the Eastern Conference down to 1 ½ games to the Boston Celtics.

“We can afford anything,” Lue said. “They still gotta bat us. Teams have to try and beat us, so I’m not worried about that. It happens. They’re in second place; they gotta beat us. They understand who we are and we know who we are, so we’re not worried about that.”

The San Antonio Spurs began the practice of sitting top healthy players for rest. The Golden State Warriors recently sat Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala and Draymond Green.

The sitting of star players angers fans who pay money to see stars play but show up for arenas to watch their backups. Silver is angry because he expects to see full teams play during key nationally televised play.

Teams claim they should do what’s best for winning a championship and that sometimes includes resting players to prevent injury and keep them fresh for the playoff drive.

Now it has become a trend and Silver is fed up with it.


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