NBA Should Heed Doc Rivers' Call To Protect Saturday Showcase Games

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Russell was almost as impressive in defeat, totaling 40 points on 14-of-22 shooting, knocking down seven three-pointers to go with six assists and just one turnover.

As part of the NBA's new nine-year, $24 billion media rights deal with Disney and Turner, ABC launched Saturday Primetime last year in hopes of creating a new weekly showcase game to augment TNT Thursday Night and ESPN's Wednesday and Friday night slates. He even rested Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan in the second game of a back-to-back last Thursday.

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Tristan Thompson, who had a couple teeth re-aligned in a second-half collision with Julius Randle, finished with 10 boards, grabbing six off the offensive glass.

The Big Three stuff the stat sheet as the Wine and Gold outlast the Lakers.

However, with the loss, the Lakers fell to 20-50 on the season and now have lost five straight contests.

The Cleveland Cavaliers handed the Los Angeles Clippers a gift on Saturday. While fans want to see their favorite players in person when they attend a game, those same fans want to see their favorite players playing their best when it matters most.

Kyrie led the way, dropping 46 points on 15-of-21 shooting.

Lue said Cleveland's inability to generate much on the offensive end hurt them.

The Lakers never led again as the Cavs - who shot 72 percent in the period - pulled away for the win. Instead of talking about the victory, Clippers head coach Doc Rivers used his media availability postgame to address the issue of back-to-back games in the National Basketball Association. Kawhi Leonard had a very bad game, as he only posted 12 points, two rebounds, three assists and two steals.

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"It has to start from scratch every game, and I feel like with me, that's how I've been approaching games, with the same mentality, and it hasn't really worked out for me". Sometimes you have to understand it is not a show, but a competition.

Rivers, a former player turned ABC broadcaster turned coach/executive, argued that the responsibility for fixing no-shows now falls to the NBA's schedule-makers. Young, Russell and Bucks centre Greg Monroe were all ejected from the game after "Swaggy P" and Bucks rookie Malcolm Brogdon shoved one another during a play. "Kyrie didn't come back the game before, knee soreness".

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