Out Saturday for rest
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Mar 20, 2017,
Mar 20, 2017, 11:52
Kyrie Irving's 46 points and the Cavs' 43-point 4th quarter helped rally the Cavaliers back from an 11-point deficit as LeBron James added 34 points and Kevin Love rounded out the Big Three with 21 points and 15 rebounds. CP3 hit all five of his free throws with seven assists and four rebounds in 27 minutes, but this was a night to forget by his standards.
The Warriors played the Timberwolves the day before the Spurs, and the Cavaliers play the Lakers the day after this game against the Clippers.
Cleveland enters play at 45-22 on the year and in first place in the Eastern Conference.
"Me and (James) kind of put the team on our back and everyone just followed suit", said Irving, who scored 25 points in the second half, 14 of those in the fourth quarter.
After coming off the bench the previous three games so Lakers coach Luke Walton could evaluate Clarkson at point guard in a traditional lineup, Russell played with Clarkson in a role both players recently advocated for in the past week. "And you get down early, teams get confidence and now you have to fight and struggle to win the game".
With the Cavs beginning a stretch of eight games in 14 days, Lue also made a decision to rest James instead of forcing him to play without his full supporting cast. Considering how the past two months have gone, the Cavs might consider having a dentist with them at all times. That means Iman Shumpert will continue to start at shooting guard. Enough ink will be spilled over them elsewhere, I'll not to talk about it too much here. "It's just part of the game, we've got guys here to fix it up and get you back on the court"'. You're going to have back-to-backs.
"Well Shump ain't have no teeth for a night, so I think I'm good", Thompson said.
The Clippers haven't gotten past the second round of the National Basketball Association playoffs in Rivers' first three seasons and the pressure is mounting on this team to at least get to the Western Conference finals. "There's nothing bad at all with our league right now". "Now that I'm out, we might as well let it come all the way back, but it just hasn't yet". When we get to LA and play teams like this, we consider it a show instead of a competition. For us, games in the regular season against great matchups, we all want to play.
The Clippers finally are healthy, but that hasn't translated into wins, as they are 5-8 since the All-Star break and have lost three games in a row.