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Should The Cavaliers Give LeBron James More Rest?

Submitted by on March 13, 2015 – 12:56 pmNo Comment

LeBron James is tired. He has played a career-low 36.3 minutes during games so far this season. But now that he’s 30, LeBron knows that his body needs more rest than he’s given it in the past. So earlier this week, he came out and said that he wants the Cleveland Cavaliers to give him more rest in the coming weeks so that he’s as fresh as possible once the NBA Playoffs start. Granted, more rest could equal more losses for the Cavs. But the way he sees it, it would help both him and his team in the long run.

“I would love to get some more rest, especially going into the playoffs and knowing how important those games are,” he said, “and how physically taxing those games can be, mentally as well, so we’ll see what happens.”

The problem, of course, is that the Cavs need LeBron if they want to win games and solidify their playoff standing. Back in January, he took two weeks off, and the Cavs responded by going 1-7 during that stretch. They’re also just 2-8 without LeBron this season. So now is not the time to give him games off. Even though it would be good for the team as a whole, playing without LeBron just isn’t an option.

So what should the Cavs do then if LeBron wants less playing time? For starters, they can find ways to reduce his minutes even more than they already have. That means playing him less during games when the Cavs are winning big and giving him more rest throughout games in general. It also means holding him out of practices and closely monitoring what he does when he’s not on the basketball court. And even though it’s not ideal, the Cavs should consider resting LeBron on the second night of back-to-backs just to save some of his strength for the postseason. That’s probably not going to give LeBron all the rest he wants, but it will be better than what he’s getting now.

Do you think the Cavaliers should rest LeBron more? Or is LeBron just going to have to figure out a better way to fight through whatever aches and pains he’s dealing with now?

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