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Doc Rivers Believes The NBA Has A Scheduling Problem

(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

After the Cleveland Cavaliers rested LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love in yesterday’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Doc Rivers told reporters that the NBA needs to do something about their scheduling.

We have to protect our product,” Rivers said. “It’s hard. It’s impossible, if you actually knew what went into scheduling, but the look of back-to-back ABC national games — it’s not good.”

Rivers had no problem with Tyronn Lue resting his players for the game but believes the NBA scheduling back-to-back games is negatively affecting the league. He even rested Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan in the second game of a back-to-back last Thursday.

I hate it for the fans,” Rivers said. “I really do. I hate it. I do it. We all do it. I mean, it’s bad. And I did it the other night in Denver. There are people with Blake and DJ jerseys all over the place.”

The Cavaliers fell to the Clippers 108-78, starting many of their reserves. Lue defended his decision to rest his players after the game.

It’s a long season, and a lot of games,” Lue said. “We have a lot of back-to-back games. Everybody has. Four in five nights are tough. Five in seven are tough. … But it’s been going on for years. It’s not the first time we’ve done it. I think coaches are taking responsibility, trying to look after their players, make sure they get the proper rest.”

Lue plans to play his usual starters when they take on the Los Angeles Lakers tonight at 9:30pm ET

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