Cavaliers rest 'Big Three' for Memphis trip

Tue Dec 13, 2016 11:52pm EST
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(Reuters) - Cleveland's "Big Three" of LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love are going to be rested for Wednesday's road game against the Memphis Grizzlies, the NBA champions have announced.

James, Irving and Love will not make the trip to Memphis, continuing a recent trend of NBA teams periodically resting their best players during the regular season.

Four-times NBA most valuable player James said he was happy to abide by coach Tyronn Lue's decision.

"I shouldn't have to explain me sitting out games," James said after the 103-86 victory over the Grizzlies in Cleveland on Tuesday.

The teams meet again some 24 hours later in what will be Cleveland's only visit to Memphis this season.

Lue's decision will deprive Memphis fans of the chance to see some of the biggest names in basketball.

"I've been in this league 14 years. I've paid my dues and more than a lot of guys," James continued.

"I've played in every arena. My coach wanted to rest us. I'm not going to buck my coach. That's what he wants and that's what we're going to do."

Many NBA coaches rest their top players occasionally during the arduous 82-game regular season, more often than not for road games.   Continued...

Dec 10, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) argues a call during the first half against the Charlotte Hornets at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports