Clippers' Doc Rivers laments the idea of resting players

LOS ANGELES - Does the National Basketball Association have a problem with featured games becoming prime-time flops when star players sit out for rest?

Per Vardon's story, Korver says "It's getting better but it hasn't come along like I'd hoped". "At the end of the day, it sucks at times where certain guys have to rest, but certain guys need rest". But as LeBron said, this is a team that has its sights set on a championship - not just winning one regular-season game. You're going to have back-to-backs. First it was the Warriors and Spurs, a game in which Golden State elected not to play Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson or Draymond Green.

James didn't speak to reporters before heading out into the Hollywood night, but Lue said the superstar didn't like the decision.

Kyrie Irving is battling left knee soreness right now, but other than that has had tremendous health all season.

Irving sat out the entire fourth quarter of Cleveland's win over the Utah Jazz on Thursday because of tightness in his left knee, the same knee that required surgery after he hurt it in Game 1 of the 2015 NBA Finals.

But those minutes added up over the course of a season could give James essentially seven extra games worth of rest.

It was later on revealed that Griffin, along with James' trainer Mike Mancias and the Cavs' medical team, chose to sit James out for one game.

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

"I mean, it's stupid", Lue said Sunday when asked about the league's reaction. He may never be back in the locker room where he stood following a nationally televised game against the world champions. It's OK, though, whatever.

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. 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. Oh, and LeBron James erupted for 34 points and seven assists.

After Russell dropped a career-high 40 points in Sunday's loss to Cleveland, Lakers head coach Luke Walton said he wants to try playing the former No. 2 overall pick off the ball more for the rest of the year and expressed his belief that Russell can succeed in that capacity, per Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.

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