Kyrie Irving,LeBron James,J.R. Smith
When the Cleveland Cavaliers rest Kevin Love, LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, they are 0-3 this season.
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CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Cleveland Cavaliers’ Big Three of LeBron James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving make nearly as many headlines when they sit as they do when they play. But how do Cavs fans feel about their All-Stars missing games in order to rest?
When James, Love and Irving sat out Saturday’s nationally-televised primetime game against the Los Angeles Clippers, reaction from national media and ABC analysts covering the game was overwhelmingly negative.
“This game stinks,” said ABC analyst Jeff Van Gundy during Saturday’s 108-78 Clippers win. “There’s a difference between being disappointed because someone’s injured, and being ripped off. They’re getting ripped off here tonight.”
Cleveland is now 0-3 when it sits Love, Irving, and James, 0-6 when James sits this season, and 4-21 without him since the start of the 2014 season.
While the record speaks for itself, the benefits of resting the Big Three probably won’t become evident until the team gets deep into the playoffs.
Meanwhile, James and Irving told reporters Sunday that star players resting during the regular season is “unavoidable,” particularly for a team that has its sights set on a championship run.
But is that enough for Cavs fans? Are they willing to sacrifice the chance to see their favorite players during the regular season if it means extending the season into June for the third consecutive year?
What (if anything) bothers you most about the Cleveland Cavaliers resting their star players?
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