According to ESPN's Ramona Shelburne, Cavaliers general manager David Griffin received a phone call from the National Basketball Association league office, who weren't happy with the team's judgment call, about seven minutes after the organization announced they were sitting James, Irving, and Love. "Fourth Quarter" mode late in L.A. - hitting all three shots he attempted, including both treys, and sinking all six free throws to finish with 14 points in the period. At that point, the gravity of the situation kicked in for the Cavs as they went on a 21-10 run to tie the game at 104 with 5:06 left. Cavs general manager David Griffin said the league was on the phone to the team to express its disappointment in team selection "seven minutes after it was announced". Kevin just had his first game back, we needed two days in between each game. "We have to treat those games like they're afternoon games and you don't play the night before, and you don't play the next night after". In the end, that might be good for them. As reported earlier, the Cavs chose not to play their big 3 - LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love in a 108-78 loss to the Clippers, even though all three players were 100% healthy.
Shooting guard Kyle Korver (foot) was also out for the sixth game in a row as Cleveland posted its worst offensive output since December 26, 2015, and saw its lead in the Eastern Conference reduced to 1 1/2 games.
Love returned from a 13-game absence following left knee surgery and is not cleared to play on consecutive nights.
"It's great. I'm just staying aggressive, getting to my spots, making sure I've got my legs under me", Irving said. But I also know who we can be. Jordan Clarkson added 19 points and Brandon Ingram pitched in with 18 for a Lakers team that dropped its 50th game on Sunday night. When we get to LA and play teams like this, we consider it a show instead of a competition.
Channing Frye, Deron Williams, J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert and Tristan Thompson all started as the Clippers were led by Blake Griffin's 23 points.