Cleveland Cavaliers News: LeBron James Upset With Tyronn Lue's Recent Decision
LeBron James was reportedly frustrated with Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue after the second-year coach opted to rest his Big Three in Saturday's matchup with the Los Angeles Clippers. The reigning NBA champions ended losing at the Staples Center, 108-78.
According to ESPN, Lue did not want a healthy James to lead the team alone. This was understandable considering the Cavaliers' injury history this season. In their last game, two of their guards got hurt, as Kyrie Irving suffered knee tightness, while Iman Shumpert dealt with a shoulder injury.
"He wants to play. He was mad, but I just thought for him it was the right decision -- not to go out there and try to carry the whole load by himself and playing more minutes," Lue said about James. This was the right thing to do for the second-year coach, who added that Irving and Love (recently returning from knee surgery) were both unable to play in back-to-back games.
ESPN also mentioned in its report that the NBA office called Cavaliers GM David Griffin due to the team's decision to keep James, Irving and Love out against the Clippers. The game was aired on ABC and last week, the network also showed a game between the Golden State Warriors and the San Antonio Spurs, where both teams rested their stars.
In the absence of the Big Three, the Cavs failed to hold off the Clippers who were complete and had their own version of the Big Three of Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and DeAndre Jordan. Veteran forward Richard Jefferson led the undermanned Cavaliers with 12 points.
Tristan Thompson and Deron Williams chipped in 11 points each. Shumpert, J.R. Smith, Channing Frye and Kay Felder all had 10 points. The Cavaliers are still the best in the Eastern Conference with their 45-23 record, but the Boston Celtics are now serious threats for the top spot with their 44-26 record.
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