LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers have been one of the early 2017-18 National Basketball Association season disappointments, relatively speaking. In Monday's blowout win over the Pistons, James only played 27 minutes.
"I'm the king of Cleveland now", the rapper said, as transcribed by ForTheWin. He was 39. He played 37 minutes a night. Karl Malone was 37, played 38 minutes a night, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Kobe [Bryant]. "Everybody's built differently. If you're one of the greats, sometimes you've got to play".
James said after Monday's win: "You make so much a big thing about my minutes". And while Lue does cite historical examples of players who played big minutes late in their career, that's not exactly a fair correlation. Despite this being his 15th National Basketball Association season, James leads the league in minutes, playing nearly 38 minutes per game. Still, with two more minutes played, James will move past Shaquille O'Neal for 24th on the all-time minutes played list in the regular season.
"It just felt like us", said Kevin Love. Come out sometimes in the third quarter and we get slow starts and teams get back into it. It's not a huge issue. "Not just me. Everybody". When Lue was asked about it in pregame he seemed exhausted by the question.
In a win on Friday, LeBron played 46 minutes, so reporters wanted to know if this was a way to get the superstar some more rest. He is averaging just under 39 minutes per game for his career, never having played less than 35 minutes per contest across a full year. "It was one of those games where we kind of put it all together". Even if Lue and James are done with it. "We are excited to partner with Boardwalk Pictures and Blue Ribbon Content, as well as director Michael John Warren, whose powerful storytelling will guide us through this journey as we root for the students to win - on and off the court".
The Cleveland Cavaliers (10-7) will take their five-game winning streak into a game against the Brooklyn Nets (6-10) on Wednesday evening.