March 23, 2017

Doc Rivers Believes The NBA Has A Scheduling Problem

21 March 2017, 12:25 | Pamela Mathis

LeBron James with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love

LeBron James with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love

"It's not work - it's called playing". He argued that the season may be the same length as it was in the 1980s, but it is not the same game, and the toll it takes on players today is far greater.

James, Love and Irving took a seat for their game at the Staples Center, and LA, predictably, breezed to an 108-78 victory. Fans were pissed, you can be sure some suits at ABC/Disney were upset, and the league office called up the Cavaliers to complain.

Rivers believes that teams shouldn't be expected to play two nationally broadcasted games in two days. Redick added 16 points as the Clippers swept their season series with the Cavs. However, they were left with bench versus Clippers. They lose by 30 points, with no player scoring more than 12. With his star point guard and forward sitting out, Lue also decided to make James a healthy scratch.

"He was mad, but I just thought for him it was the right decision".

However, LeBron's tune seems to have changed. "There are some times guys have to rest, and some guys need rest".

Not only were the fans and ABC robbed of a chance to see three of the NBA's biggest stars, but they were also robbed of a potentially good game between two of the league's best teams. "You're going to have back-to-backs", he continued.

After Sunday night's game, head coach Tyronn Lue noted his excitement to reporters, saying with "Kev working his way back and Korver being close, these last 12-13 games we can finally start figuring out our rotation and who's going to play, who's going to play with who".

The Mailman, among other former players, didn't like that players rested. Ignoring that, he echoes the sentiment of many of us.

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The Cleveland Cavaliers chose to give their big three - LeBron James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving - a night off rather than face the Los Angeles Clippers. You're going to have back-to-backs.

"He said he's supporting me", Russell said. I really do. I hate it. We all want to play, I want to be a part of that as much as possible, but when our coaching staff and medical staff rests us I'm not opposed to it. I mean, it's bad. The power forward said that he wanted to play during the game, but he trusts his coach's instincts in keeping him out since Lue has "never steered [him] wrong".

They remain second in the Western Conference, 21/2 games behind the Golden State Warriors, who beat the Milwaukee Bucks 117-92.

Personally, I think the biggest fix would be cutting down on the preseason and starting regular season a little earlier. "We can play 50-minute games if we had to".

I think we have to treat those games like they're afternoon games, and you don't play the night before. "You advertise one thing and then you deliver a different product".

This idea is a start, but what happens when you're a fan of a lowly team and just want to go see a LeBron James, Steph Curry or Blake Griffin type player? "They don't look like a team that's won only 20 games". I've felt this pain before as a Clippers fan on the east coast.

This trend is a very troubling one, and one National Basketball Association commissioner Adam Silver needs to address promptly.

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