It’s no secret that LeBron James has had a heavy workload — five straight Finals runs, plus Olympics in 2012, and this season he’s averaging 35.9 minutes per game. He’s only missed one game this season, unlike last year when he took two weeks off in January to deal with back and knee issues. James’ durability has been among the most impressive parts of his career.
So on Sunday, with the Cavs in Washington to play the Wizards, James is going to rest.
With the stretch run of the season coming up and the Cavs on the front end of a back-to-back (they play the Pacers at home Monday), it makes sense to give him a break at some point. That “some point” is today.