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Doc Rivers says National Basketball Association needs to address 'back-to-back' scheduling

20 March 2017, 11:54 | Austin Hogan

Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue made a decision to sit James, Irving and Love to rest them.

Here are five takeaways from the Lakers' 125-120 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. "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".

Russell was almost as impressive in defeat, totaling 40 points on 14-of-22 shooting, knocking down seven three-pointers to go with six assists and just one turnover.

Lakers coach Luke Walton was not surprised James and Irving, who combined for 28 points in the final period and 47 in the second half, rallied the Cavaliers.

LeBron James contributed 34 points, seven assists and six rebounds, and Kevin Love added 21 points and 15 boards for Cleveland (46-23). James has yet to lose to the Lakers since his return to the Wine and Gold in 2014 - with Cleveland taking its sixth straight win, including the third consecutive at Staples Center. He even rested Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan in the second game of a back-to-back last Thursday. And Richard Jefferson was a ideal 3-of-3 in the fourth quarter, finishing with seven big points in the Wine and Gold's late charge. For the first time since the Lakers' Christmas Day win over the Clippers, all of the other Lakers starters scored double figures including Ingram (18 points), Randle (10 points, seven assists, seven rebounds) and Ivica Zubac (10 points, six rebounds). The former Buckeye standout finished 14-of-22 from the floor, including 7-of-12 from deep and 5-of-7 from the line. That night off left them with the energy to lead a 43-point fourth quarter. "Korver is legitimately injured, so you pick the game you're going to be the most competitive in and that's the one that 'Bron needs to play in".

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The NBA is going to start a week earlier next year, in hopes of stretching out the schedule and getting players a little more rest and have fewer back-to-backs.

By the Numbers - 18 ... straight games that Kyrie Irving has scored at least 20 points - the longest active current streak in the National Basketball Association. The last trio to do it was Jimmy Butler, Derrick Rose and Pau Gasol, who had 107 points for the Bulls on December 18, 2015 against the Pistons.

Quotable - Coach Tyronn Lue, on giving his guys rest on Saturday night ...

After the game, Rivers said: "There is a fanbase that probably bought tickets tonight to see LeBron James play for the first time". When you get to L.A. and play teams like this, we consider it a show instead of competition.



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