It’s the fairy tale they teach us about the American dream in our youth — work extra hard, be good and you get to enjoy the fruits of your labor. It’s a load of crap — you telling me the office janitor isn’t working harder than a lot of guys in suits? — but we continue to teach it.
For the Cavaliers, it’s actually come true. They worked hard this season, they got all their goals accomplished — best record and home court throughout the playoffs — so now they can rest.
That starts with LeBron James, coach Mike Brown told the man Brian Windhorst.
“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.
LeBron is going to miss a couple of the Cavs final five games. And sorry ticket holders, the chances you find out in advance are slim and none.
The real question is who else gets rest, besides Shaquille O’Neal? Does Mo Williams get a night off? What about JJ Hickson? If they play, are their minutes way down?
Anyone with a fantasy league still running… beware.
Kevin Durant was doing it all in the first half — he had 18 points to lead the Warriors (tied with Stephen Curry) and was making plays all over the court.
That includes racing back on this play and blocking Dejounte Murray‘s layup. Twice. On one shot.
The Warriors have led by 20 and been in control through the start of the third quarter. KD was at the heart of that.
That was a foul. Jonathan Simmons caught Draymond Green in the face as he reached in.
But the delayed then overly-dramatic reaction by Green is a classic flop.
We’ll see if the NBA fined Green for this, but Spurs’ coach Gregg Popovich was amused.
Take that Stephen Curry.
Gregg Popovich would pull him so fast he’d look like a fidget spinner if he tried this in a game, but during warmups before Game 4 Monday night LaMarcus Aldridge knocked down a deep three from one knee.
If Aldridge is taking a lot of threes that’s not a good sign for the Spurs, but we’ll see if he can have a big night and keep the Spurs alive in this series.
Stephen Curry‘s pregame warmups draw people into the arena early, it’s a show in and of itself.
Before Game 4 Monday night, Curry was taking a couple shots from the center-court logo. And draining them. Like layups. Because he can.
We’ll see if he can put on that kind of show when the game tips off.