LOS ANGELES — The Cleveland Cavaliers decided to sit their core three of LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love — sitting out due to the strains of the regular season scheduling — in their first night of a back-to-back in Los Angeles as the Clippers routed the Cavs 108-78 Saturday night.
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Having lost their previous three games, it didn’t matter who was on playing on the other side. The team was desperate for a win and came out playing like it.
“It’s a different game without LeBron and Kyrie and Kevin playing, obviously,” Griffin said. “We’re not going to pretend like it’s not. But at the end of the day you still have to go out and execute.”
While the fans were explicitly disappointed seeing James, Irving and Love sit out, the Clippers seemed to empathize with the decision, albeit biasedly.
“Listen, I hate it for the fans,” Clippers’ head coach Doc Rivers said. “I really do. I hate it. I do it. We all do it. It’s bad, and I did it the other night in Denver. There were people with Blake and DJ jerseys all over the place. And especially for national games, [it’s not good].”
Regardless, the Clippers needed to get back on track. The Western Conference is no joke, and the fifth-seeded Clippers need to keep gaining ground towards No. 4 Utah Jazz.
“I know we’re not playing great right now,” Rivers said prior to the win over the Cavaliers.
“I’ve been saying it for a couple of weeks. But I also know who we can be. And I think I know who we will be at some point this year. I have no doubt about that. But we do have to get there and we got to keep working on it.”