Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue said the other day that he was going to make sure LeBron James and other key Cavaliers were going to get some time off to rest down the stretch to make sure they are ready for the playoffs.
That rest starts Wednesday. Lue announced pregame Wednesday before the Cavaliers took on the Mavericks. Chris Haynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer has the details.
#Cavs will rest LeBron James tonight against Mavericks.
Lue said LeBron will play both ends of a Florida back-to-back (Miami and Orlando) this weekend.
This is a smart move by Lue, it gives LeBron four days off between games to help his body recover from the marathon of the NBA season.
This also is a huge break for Dallas, if they can take advantage of it. Dallas is in a tight playoff race for one of the final playoff spots in the East and prediction models have them falling out because of their difficult schedule the rest of the way. Catching the Cavaliers without LeBron is a big break.
Blazers’ Meyers Leonard re-separates shoulder, will miss time
Meyers Leonard has found a groove this season with the Trail Blazers, being a pick-and-pop big who can stretch the floor — more than half his shots this season are threes, and he’s shooting 37.7 percent from three. Portland’s offense is 2.9 points per 100 possessions better when he is on the court.
However, he missed seven games earlier this season with a dislocated shoulder — and now he has dislocated that same shoulder, reports Jason Quick of CSNNW.com.
Meyers Leonard said he re-separated his left shoulder in today's practice in San Antonio. Was playing 5-on-5 and "got hit the wrong way"
Portland is currently in a three-way tie with Houston and Dallas for the six-seven-eight seeds in the West, with Utah looming just two games back. The Blazers can’t afford to have this injury cost them games.
Gregg Popovich: “In general, shootarounds could be kaputskied”
No, “kaputskied” is not a word. You tell Gregg Popovich that.
“Kaput” is a word, meaning useless or broken. No longer working.
That’s how Popovich feels about game-day shootarounds.
Shootarounds were invented by Hall of Fame Lakers coach Bill Sharman (a former Celtics’ player), and it’s stayed around as a way for players to either burn off some nervous energy, or sweat out the night before a little, get their bodies and minds going on the morning of a game.
“I just think it was the modus operandi for every organization. It was habit. It was what everyone did. If you didn’t do it, you were recalcitrant or you weren’t doing your job,” Popovich said. “Some owners would look and say ‘Why aren’t you doing a shootaround?’ If you were a young coach, you have to have a shootaround because you’re doing what you have to do. And, basically, half of them are total crap – a total waste of time…. In general, shootarounds could be kaputskied.”
What works better is a focused short film session, Popovich said.
“With us, film is short and directed – very specific on certain items,” he said. “You can’t do a coaching clinic every time you do a film session or you lose them all. But if something is directed, like pick-and-roll defense, transition defense or how the ball was shared or not shared and you get after it and do it, it makes sense to most players. That’s our way.”
It’s becoming more and more teams’ way. While it likely will never go extinct, the shootaround is moving closer to the endangered species list. Teams would rather have players get more sleep on the road (or at home) and have full practices on off days than drag everybody down for a walk through the morning of the game.
1) San Antonio turns it up in the fourth quarter, pull away for a comfortable win against Clippers to go 33-0 at home. Stop me if you’ve heard this story before: The Spurs played fairly well but let their opponent hang around for three quarters, then when it entered the final frame they stepped up their defensive pressure, took their execution to another level, hit their shots, and pulled away for a comfortable win.
Tuesday’s victim was the Los Angeles Clippers, who were down just one entering the fourth quarter. The Spurs opened the fourth with an 11-2 run, soon enough started another 15-2 run, and it was all over for the Clippers except the bus ride past the horse stalls behind the AT&T Center. Kawhi Leonard had 20 points and LaMarcus Aldridge 17, but it was the Spurs bench dramatically outplaying the still-struggling Clippers bench that was the story. Next up for San Antonio are two home games — Portland and Golden State. The Clippers story remains the same: They need to get Blake Griffin back to challenge elite teams.
2) Tim Duncan passes John Havlicek for 14th on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. Just a few days ago, Celtics legend John Havlicek was 13th on the All-Time scoring list. Then LeBron James passed him. Wednesday it was Tim Duncan’s turn — the Spurs legend is now 14th all-time in scoring, while Havlicek is 15th.
3) Nobody can stop Bojan Bogdanovic. For a night, anyway. Bogdanovic has quietly had an okay season for the Nets, averaging 10.5 points a game but not being terribly efficient (43.8 percent shooting). But for a night, the Sixers had no answers — Bogdanovic was getting to the rim (9-of-12 there), he was hitting threes (4-of-9), and it seems every shot he took was going in on his way to 44 points on 27 shots.
4) Celtics now 0-2 with Jae Crowder out, fall to Indiana. Going up against Paul George — who had a fantastic third quarter and finished the night with 25 points and seven assists — Boston really missed Jae Crowder. Of course, Boston hurt their own cause shooting 38.3 percent overall and 25% from three, plus they had a few ugly turnovers. That’s two losses in a row for Boston, who is still the three seed but is now tied with Miami for that spot, with the Hawks just one game back. Boston is about to slide down the board.
By the way, Monta Ellis can still do Monta Ellis things.