There have been many questionable moves made in the past few weeks of play. The latest team to make one of those move was the Cleveland Cavaliers. They made a strange move that was not received well by many people.
The Cleveland Cavaliers were short three men in their last game against the Los Angeles Clippers. They sat their big three to give them rest. For the second consecutive Saturday on national tv, a team rested their top players, according to USA Today.
Cleveland may of had some reasoning behind it. It may of been prompted by injuries. Cavaliers forward Kevin Love was out of Saturday’s game likely because he just returned from knee surgery on Thursday. Point guard Kyrie Irving was facing a similar situation, knee injury.
Knee injury forced Irving to exit the team’s Thursday win over the Utah Jazz. The third move made by Cavaliers coach Ty Lue was to give LeBron James rest as well. That was a move that was enough to catch the attention of the NBA front office.
The NBA office reportedly called Cavaliers General Manager within a few minutes after Cleveland announced who they were resting. Cavaliers GM, Griffin spoke on that phone call, “Yeah, they were not happy,” Griffin said. “I feel bad for the league. I really do. But it is what it is for us from an injury standpoint.”
Cleveland had an actual reason to sit out their best players. They did not want to risk injury, but in order to insure their team’s health, the game did not end well. It turned out to be a costly game for the Cavaliers, they ended up losing to the Clippers.
Adam Silver, the Commissioner of the NBA has said in the past what he thinks on sitting star players. He believes that if a team wants to sit their stars, they should do it at a home game, so fans would have another chance at seeing stars play that they do not usually get to see. He may of brought up a solid point.
It has been an interesting past month of basketball to say the least. It included a game in which no music was played for an entire second half, and a strange move by the Warriors. A week ago the Golden State Warriors played one of their top competitors, and they did it a few men short.
They played without three of their best shooters including Klay Thompson and Steph Curry. They were not injured either, the Warriors decided to give them some rest. Resting Curry and Thompson in the same game raised many eyebrows to say the least.
To help their case, it was not a game that decided their place in the postseason. Golden State had already clinched their playoff berth at that point in time. Cleveland’s recent situation was very different.
Is sitting stars during road trip games inconvenient for fans? Will there be a team to follow the Cleveland Cavaliers next week to sit three players? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Commentary by Cody Macleod