LeBron James had to sit out while his team played against Miami Heat on Saturday. Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt rested him for the game after he featured for 44 minutes against the New Orleans Pelicans the day before. The match went on overtime.
James earlier revealed he was determined to play all 82 games this season. Though his comments raised eyebrows of experts as he has never done it in his 12-year NBA career. Cleveland coach David Blatt had his own explanation.
“We had hoped to look at days of rest we could find that perhaps were not game-related,” Blatt pointed out. “Again, last night was a particular situation, an overtime game, played 44 minutes, played his heart out, very, very short turnaround. Tough, tough trip. Game in less than 24 hours.
“Those are the factors that came into play, more so than any plan up front.”
But the fit and healthy James wasn’t thrilled about sitting out, according to sources. The Cavs lost 99-84 to Miami Heat without James. Earlier, it was reported that the Cavs were looking for opportunities where they could rest LeBron James to keep the All-Star fresh for the key post-season encounters.