LeBron James bemoans lack of days off in Cavs-Raptors series (vid)
LeBron James is not a fan of the fact that the Eastern Conference semifinal series between his Cleveland Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors has only one scheduled off-day between every game.
In fact, James is downright bemused by the notion, as every other semifinal series has some built-in multiple days of rest between games for much-needed rest and recovery.
"It's kinda weird we're the only series that does not get two days in between games. That's kinda weird" — LeBron on conserving energy in games and throughout a series
(via @cavs) pic.twitter.com/YRdTZWSWBA
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) May 3, 2018
James is correct that it is indeed “kinda weird” how the NBA postseason schedule for the four semifinal series plays out in such a manner. The issue — at least from the Cavs’ perspective — is that James is averaging a whopping 41.9 minutes per game in the postseason, much higher than the 36.9 minutes averaged during the regular season.
James, after shouldering such a heavy workload in the Cavs’ first-round series win over the Indiana Pacers, insisted he’ll “be fine” going forward and fatigue will not be an issue. That said, Tyronn Lue said the team will nevertheless monitor James’ minutes in an attempt to get him rest if and when that’s ever possible.
Of course, the Cavaliers have been leaning heavier than ever on James this postseason to win games. Although it’s not as if the superstar ever takes a backseat, even if he attempted to defer praise for Tuesday’s 113-112 Game 1 overtime victory at Air Canada Centre to his teammates.
All that aside, James of course understands the Raptors will be an extremely motivated opponent Thursday night in Game 2.
"They play extremely well at home and we have to be ready for it."@KingJames on the Game 2 mindset: https://t.co/j5PMWm7Wvo#WhateverItTakes pic.twitter.com/Pq5FKWk9Cn
— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) May 3, 2018
For Toronto to fail to hold court at home once before the series shifts to Cleveland conceivably could spell certain doom for the squad in the series, regardless of days off and James’ assumed fatigue.