Thursday, March 17, 2016
The big thing that the Cleveland Cavaliers are on is that they need to play better without LeBron James. The Cavs need to rest LeBron for the playoffs with other key players, but they are afraid they will not win the upcoming games without him. In the past 2 seasons the Cavs are 3-12 without him playing. With James on the bench, the Cavs miss 24.9 points, 7.4 rebounds and 6.5 assists per game. The points and assists are team highs.Their last game the Cavs pulled off the win without James with lots of help from Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. James has played 45,620 minutes in 13 seasons, gone to five consecutive Finals, and has simply played more basketball than anyone in the NBA over the last six years. It is pretty obvious why the Cavs don't play as well without him. So the Cavs are gonna need more nights like this, nights where Irving and Love hold up their ends of the Big 3. Cleveland's trying to fend off the Raptors for the top seed in the East, it's a 2½-game lead right now. This is a big game for the Cavs, so they will need to play well without James to win.