Cavaliers’ B Team Loses In Memphis, America Loses Its Shit
So what would happen if the Cleveland Cavaliers took on the Grizzlies in Memphis, but forgot to pack LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love? First of all they'd lose -- the Grizz prevailed 93-85 on Wednesday night.
Also, a bunch of dudes who planned their night around the chance to see LeBron got disappointed.
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) December 15, 2016
For whatever reason, Cleveland decided to rest its three best players -- they didn't even make the trip -- and fell to 18-6. That's just 1 1/2 games ahead of the Raptors (18-9) in the East, by the way.
It was a curious decision by Ty Lue, especially considering these stats:
LeBron will sit for tonight's game in Memphis after playing last night, even though the says less rest = more pic.twitter.com/43xpRs4eRG
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) December 14, 2016
But it wasn't just Memphis fans who were disgruntled. It seems that everyone had an opinion on the missing Cavs threesome.
The Memphis Grizzlies or the NBA ought to refund every ticket bought for the Cavs game now that LeBron, Kyrie and Love are sitting out.
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) December 14, 2016
— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) December 14, 2016
I can't wait to watch the Canton Charge play the Memphis Grizzlies tonight. #DefendtheLand
— McNeil (@Reflog_18) December 14, 2016
Cavs should rest LeBron, Kyrie, and Love on XMas against the Warriors just to see Twitter melt to the ground.
— Scoops Maroun (@ejmaroun) December 14, 2016
"I dont' like it. If you're healthy, go out there and play."
- Kevin McHale on players like LeBron getting rest pic.twitter.com/EjT453v0Q0
— Mike & Mike (@MikeAndMike) December 14, 2016
I don't think that LeBron needs to be worrying about Memphis fans, especially. But it would seem very unnatural to me to stay at home while completely healthy, while my team was playing 730 miles away. As the team's best player, and perhaps the best in the NBA, that would gnaw at me -- as a competitor and as a man.
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