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

Candice Alexander
March 20, 2017

"They still gotta beat us, Lue continued, "teams will have to try and beat us, so I'm not anxious about it that much".

As the league continues to search for new ways to prevent National Basketball Association fans from paying top dollar for a ticket only to have their favorite superstars sitting out for rest, Clippers head coach Doc Rivers believes he has a solution.

After the game, Cavs' coach Tyronn Lue was asked if whether the Cavs could afford to take games off like this, given the hard fact that their lead in the Eastern conference has reduced to 1.5 games over the Boston Celtics. "I really do. I hate it". And I did it the other night in Denver.

Neither Love nor Irving was also candidates to play on consecutive nights, and playing Sunday against the Lakers rather than Saturday against the Clippers meant an extra day off for both key players. "There are people with Blake and DJ jerseys all over the place".

Rivers believes that teams shouldn't be expected to play two nationally broadcasted games in two days.

But is that enough for Cavs fans?

Ingram's work wasn't flawless on the night, but continuing to rack of praise from some of the best players and minds in the league shouldn't go unnoticed.

Almost every team sits their stars, especially squads that have championship aspirations. (It was the Cavs' lowest scoring game of the season.) The Clippers' blowout victory represented the second straight damp squib in Saturday primetime, after the Warriors sat Steph Curry, Draymond Green, Andre Igoudala and Klay Thompson in their 107-85 loss against the Spurs last week. You need to protect the top guys from exhaustion. This is a game the Cavaliers should have won easily on paper. What about the fans, who pay good money and expect to see the league's superstars? During a 2012 matchup with the Miami Heat, the Spurs were fined $250,000 for sitting their big three. Instead, the Clippers who entered the game amid a troubling slide emerged from it victorious, but with no real sense of whether they had addressed their issues.

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