Wellbet, Cavs (ESPN) — There is, undoubtedly, a certain type of NBA fan who takes joy in seeing J.R. Smith hoist up 17 shots in 28 minutes and that is enough to satiate his or her hoops fix on a Saturday night.
But when even the shot-happy Mr. Swish himself wasn’t having fun in the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 108-78 loss to the LA Clippers on Saturday while LeBron James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving sat out to rest, you know there is something wrong with the frequency with which stars sit in the NBA.
“I’m getting too old to be doing all that,” Smith said. “I don’t like all that dribblin’ around, step back, I like my normal game, get to the corner, catch and shoot and defend. I like that.”
Cavs coach Tyronn Lue, who owned the decision to keep his guys out even though he said it made James “mad” and “pissed,” didn’t like what he saw, either.
When asked what he would have chosen between the likes of Arizona-Saint Mary’s or Virginia-Florida in the round of 32 or Cavs-Clippers if he was just a basketball fan sitting at home in front of the TV on a weekend evening, Lue answered with zero hesitation.