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News-Herald Mar 20, 2017

Cleveland Cavaliers: LeBron James shares his feelings on resting players

LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love - the "Big 3" - rested in the Cleveland Cavaliers' game at the Los Angeles Clippers on March 18, a move that some criticized."It's a long and strenuous season.
Plain Dealer Mar 20, 2017
LeBron James, Kyrie Irving defend NBA stars resting from games

LeBron James, Kyrie Irving defend NBA stars resting from games

LeBron James and Kyrie Irving acknowledged the disappointment of fans and both said they wanted to play against the Clippers, but also said players resting at times throughout the regular season is unavoidable.
Sun Herald Mar 20, 2017

LeBron, Kyrie Irving defend Cavs' decision to rest stars against Clippers

After Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Lakers, LeBron James and Kyrie Irving addressed the criticism the Cavaliers received for them sitting out in Saturday's nationally televised game against the …
Akron Beacon Journal Mar 20, 2017

Cavs 125, Lakers 120: Marla's 33 shots from Beyond the Arc on Tristan's teeth, putting on a show

Notes, quotes and observations from the Cavaliers’ 125-120 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers Sunday night at Staples Center. 1. Before I get to Tristan Thompson’s apparently gruesome issue with his two front teeth, some pointed post-game criticism from Cavs coach Tyronn Lue. 2. Lue knew the Lakers have the second-worst record in the league and have shut down ex-Cavs Timofey Mozgov and Luol Deng for the rest of the season to develop their young players. But Lue still expected the Lakers to take the game seriously and come to play. And he knew the Cavaliers would not. 3. “We...

Cavs 125, Lakers 120: Marla's 33 shots from Beyond the Arc on Tristan's teeth, putting on a show

Notes, quotes and observations from the Cavaliers’ 125-120 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers Sunday night at Staples Center. 1. Before I get to Tristan Thompson’s apparently gruesome injury to his two front teeth, some pointed post-game criticism from Cavs coach Tyronn Lue. 2. Lue knew the Lakers have the second-worst record in the league and have shut down ex-Cavs Timofey Mozgov and Luol Deng for the rest of the season to develop their young players. But Lue still expected the Lakers to take the game seriously and come to play. And he knew the Cavaliers would not. 3. “We...
Akron Beacon Journal Mar 20, 2017
Cavaliers 125, Lakers 120: Big Three dazzles as Cavs rally in fourth quarter

Cavaliers 125, Lakers 120: Big Three dazzles as Cavs rally in fourth quarter

LOS ANGELES: A night after the Cavaliers drew criticism for sitting their Big Three in a nationally televised game, LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love treated Los Angeles Lakers fans in the Staples Center Sunday to a spectacular display of basketball skills.Skills that were embarrassingly lacking when the trio watched from the bench against the Clippers, Irving and Love with injury issues.But the rebuilding Los Angeles Lakers weren’t in awe. The young team with the second-worst record in the league and a rookie coach in Luke Walton turned what might have been expected to be a...
Boston Herald Mar 20, 2017
Kyrie gets 46, but Cavaliers barely beat Lakers, 125-120

Kyrie gets 46, but Cavaliers barely beat Lakers, 125-120

LOS ANGELES — Kyrie Irving scored 46 points, LeBron James added 34 and the Cleveland Cavaliers had to rally from an 11-point deficit in the fourth quarter to edge the last-place Los Angeles Lakers, 125-120 on Sunday night.Kevin Love had 21 points and 15 rebounds for the Cavaliers, who needed every bit of their full lineup to survive a surprising challenge from the Western Conference's last-place team and clinch a playoff spot.James, Love and Irving all sat out the defending champs' blowout loss to the Clippers on Saturday, angering fans and the national television audience. That night off...
Orange County Register Mar 19, 2017
Clippers need defense against diluted Cavs to carry over into next week

Clippers need defense against diluted Cavs to carry over into next week

LOS ANGELES – The Clippers were at their defensive best on Saturday, calling out screens, hustling back on transition and slowing one of the NBA’s most potent offenses. Of course, the Clippers would have learned more about themselves if Cleveland...
Akron Beacon Journal Mar 19, 2017

Cavaliers notebook: Coach Tyronn Lue calls phone call from league over Big Three sitting ‘stupid’

LOS ANGELES: Cavaliers general manager David Griffin told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne after Saturday night’s 108-78 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers that he received a call from the league office seven minutes after coach Tyronn Lue told the media he was sitting the Big Three in the nationally televised game on ABC.“Yeah, they were not happy,” Griffin told Shelburne.Lue said he did not have any conversation with the NBA officials in the aftermath, magnified because Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr sat his top four the previous Saturday against the San Antonio Spurs.But Lue was not...
Boston Herald Mar 19, 2017
Cleveland Cavs hear from NBA office after sitting Big 3 in loss to Clippers

Cleveland Cavs hear from NBA office after sitting Big 3 in loss to Clippers

For the second consecutive Saturday night ABC game, an NBA team opted to sit its stars in front of a national audience.But Cleveland Cavaliers coach Ty Lue's decision, unlike Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr's last week, was prompted by injuries. Cavs forward Kevin Love was never going to play Saturday's game against the Los Angeles Clippers after returning from knee surgery on Thursday night. Point guard Kyrie Irving, who left Thursday's win over the Utah Jazz with left knee soreness, didn't need to be put in harm's way, either. With Love and Irving already sitting, Lue opted to rest...
Fear The Sword Mar 18, 2017
Final Score: Short-handed Cavs blown out by Clippers 108-78

Final Score: Short-handed Cavs blown out by Clippers 108-78

Not surprisingly, the Cavaliers struggled mightily without the “Big Three”. Things usually do not go well for the Cavs if when LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin d not play. Saturday night’s game against the Clippers was no exception, as the Cavs fell 108-78. The Cavaliers announced before the game that the “Big Three” would be sitting the game out. Irving sat out due to the knee injury he suffered Thursday against the Jazz. Love missed the game because it was part of the Cavs’ plan for him as he comes back from his knee surgery. Then James was held out for rest due to the...
News-Herald Mar 18, 2017
Cavaliers: Big 3 sits out in loss to Clippers

Cavaliers: Big 3 sits out in loss to Clippers

LOS ANGELES >> Blake Griffin scored 23 points and the Los Angeles Clippers capitalized on the Cavaliers' decision to rest their top three players with an easy 108-78 victory over Cleveland on Saturday night.LeBron James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving sat out for the Cavaliers, and the Clippers snapped their three-game losing streak by feasting on the defending champions' supporting cast.
Akron Beacon Journal Mar 18, 2017
Clippers 108, Cavaliers 78: ‘We want LeBron’ chants fall on deaf ears as Big Three sit in loss

Clippers 108, Cavaliers 78: ‘We want LeBron’ chants fall on deaf ears as Big Three sit in loss

LOS ANGELES: The “We Want LeBron” chants began with 10:07 remaining in the second quarter Saturday night at Staples Center.One man’s plaintive plea cut to the heart.“I want LeBron for my son,” he said.A young man selling 50-50 raffle tickets held a sign that read, “Inactives James, Love, Irving, The Fans.”But Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue did not succumb in a 108-78 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.The Cavs opened a four-game, three-city road trip against the Clippers and face the Lakers Sunday. Lue knew Kevin Love, only one game into his return from arthroscopic knee surgery, has...
Sun Herald Mar 18, 2017

While the Big 3 get rest, Clippers rout Cavaliers 108-78

Blake Griffin scored 23 points and the Los Angeles Clippers capitalized on the Cavaliers' decision to rest their top three players with an easy 108-78 victory over Cleveland on Saturday …
Plain Dealer Mar 18, 2017
Cavs rest Big 3 again, lose 108-78 to Los Angeles Clippers

Cavs rest Big 3 again, lose 108-78 to Los Angeles Clippers

The Cavs rested LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love against the Los Angeles Clippers, and you can guess what happened.
FOX Sports Mar 18, 2017
Karl Malone's response to Cavs resting Big Three: 'Get your (expletive) playing'

Karl Malone's response to Cavs resting Big Three: 'Get your (expletive) playing'

LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love all sat Saturday against the Clippers.
Plain Dealer Mar 18, 2017
Cavs GM David Griffin on sitting LeBron, Love and Kyrie: 'It's the right thing for us'

Cavs GM David Griffin on sitting LeBron, Love and Kyrie: 'It's the right thing for us'

Cavaliers GM David Griffin defended the decision Saturday to sit Kevin Love, LeBron James and Kyrie Irving against the Clippers.
Sun Herald Mar 18, 2017

Cavaliers rest LeBron, Love, Kyrie vs Clippers

The Cleveland Cavaliers are resting LeBron James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving against the Los Angeles Clippers. Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue announced the decision shortly before game time Saturday. Lue …
Akron Beacon Journal Mar 18, 2017

Cavaliers notebook: Coach Tyronn Lue apologizes to ABC as he sits the Big Three vs. Clippers

LOS ANGELES: Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue actually apologized to ABC.For the second consecutive Saturday, the television network’s featured NBA game was missing half its stars.Injury issues prompted Lue to sit the Big Three of LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love against the Los Angeles Clippers. He said the trio will instead play Sunday night against the Lakers, also at Staples Center.The Eastern Conference leaders sent out a lineup of Deron Williams, J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert, Channing Frye and Tristan Thompson against the Clippers, tied for fifth in the West going into the day’s...

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