LeBron James and Co. to Get Some Rest

by April 06, 2010

The Cavs have locked up homecourt advantage throughout the postseason, so there’s no need for the starters to expend any more energy than necessary prior to the Playoffs. The Plain Dealer reports: “Over the past four years, once the Cavs have locked into a playoff spot, coach Mike Brown has sat starters to provide rest. But never have things been settled with so much time left. That fact, plus another huge variable, Shaquille O’Neal, has the team pondering just how to use the time their strong play has afforded them. ‘I’m not sure there is a right way to do it,’ Brown said. ‘It’s a luxury to be able to rest players so we’re going to want to do that.’ LeBron James has made it clear he favors taking some time off. He’s a little banged up and has been dealing with a sore left elbow, among other minor maladies, the past few games. James will probably get at least two of the remaining five games off. Which ones, however, are part of the process the team is considering now. ‘You’d love to get some rest before the playoffs start,’ James said. ‘I think there’s a few guys who want to keep playing but there’s a few guys who want a little rest and I’m one of them. Once we’ve clinched, the games take on a different meaning.”‘