Live Thread: Cavs @ Lakers (#TheBusiness)

The Cavs are in Los Angeles for a second consecutive night, as they go about their business of getting through the stretch run of the regular season in taking on the Lakers. Apparently, the League called the team out yesterday to give them the business for damaging their business by resting stars LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love against the Clippers. Reportedly though, the Cavs feel like it’s none of anyone’s business what they decide to do with their own players to ensure they’re rested and healthy for the impending post-season.

It should be back to business as usual tonight, however, as the big three are all expected to be back in the lineup, and the Cavs can officially clinch a playoff spot with a victory. The only remaining missing pieces for the wine & gold are Kyle Korver (still recovering from a sore foot) and Larry Sanders (getting in basketball shape in Canton). Sanders did play for the Charge last night, scoring a basket with one rebound, three blocks and five fouls in just 11 minutes of play. By all reports though, it sounds like even though he was rusty, he still had some presence when he checked into the game.

The Lakers have been resting former starters for a much different reason. They are clearly tanking to try and prevent their number one pick from going to Philadelphia this year, and have designated Timofey Mozgov and Luol Deng as healthy scratches for the rest of the season, while also moving D’Angelo Russell to the bench. They’ll also be without Nick Young (flu), so the Cavs will see a steady dose of youngsters in Luke Walton’s lineup.

Cavs probable starting lineup: LeBron James, Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson, Iman Shumpert, Kyrie Irving.

Lakers probable starting lineup: Jordan Clarkson, Brandon Ingram, Julius Randle, Nick Young, Ivica Zubac.

Prediction: The Cavs probably give the Lakers the business on their way to a 127-108 win.

Catch all the action (if you’re in the business of staying up late) at 9:30 EST on NBATV. If you don’t, then that’s none of my business…

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believeLAND
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believeLAND
3 days 15 hours ago

Good point Tim. Who knows what this team is actually capable of? Like, really. Who the hell knows? I for one have no clue.

Cols714
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Cols714
3 days 8 hours ago

The NBA champions? They are capable of winning it all.

Nate Smith
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Nate Smith
3 days 16 hours ago

In a vacuum, playing everyone to Ightfield and resting last night was the right decision. Got one of two in LA. Can’t wait to see the joker, Wednesday.

LA cavsfan
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LA cavsfan
3 days 15 hours ago

I dunno. I was at last nights game. Clippers looked rough and vulnerable. Sure wish I could have been there to watch Kyrie drop 46, sadly my one Cavs game if the year was four quarters of garbage time!

Simmo
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Simmo
3 days 16 hours ago

Gutted it out – well done Cavs. See you CTBers Wednesday.

LA cavsfan
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LA cavsfan
3 days 15 hours ago

I dunno if we really “gutted it out”. We’re playing against the baby Lakers and gave as little effort as was necessary! We’re the anti Warriors. We rarely blow out teams as much as we should. Warriors only get the fourth quarters off. Cavs clearly took the first three quarters off tonight! We rest in games.

warriorsfan
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warriorsfan
3 days 15 hours ago

Warriors two games back have to gut out a win against 76ers for 106-104 win at home. On their day, any team can team can keep the game close, IMO.

Charlie E
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Charlie E
3 days 16 hours ago

Nice to pick up a game on the Celtics.

Cols714
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Cols714
3 days 16 hours ago

Gotta love it. Great game by the big three. See you all tomorrow. Find out about that scene EG. You have connections!!

Cols714
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Cols714
3 days 16 hours ago

Cavs put up 125. Awesome.

Nate Smith
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Nate Smith
3 days 16 hours ago

Cavs to still trying to piss this one away.

John B
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John B
3 days 16 hours ago

D Russell is the truth, the next coming of Kyrie…right??

Nate Smith
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Nate Smith
3 days 16 hours ago

Left handed Kyrie? Reminds me of Harden, actually.

Cols714
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Cols714
3 days 16 hours ago

Nah. Check out irvings stats when he was tussles age.

John B
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John B
3 days 16 hours ago

Huh, never thought about that, are you sure?? But he looks like it tonight against our guard’s defense, so it must be true.

Cols714
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Cols714
3 days 16 hours ago

Game balls to love. Irving. And LeBron.

Nate Smith
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Nate Smith
3 days 16 hours ago

Good call. It started Kyrie doesn’t believe on spheres or defense.

Cols714
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Cols714
3 days 16 hours ago

It’s fun that they can go from chill mode to crazy awesome so fast. What a game.

Cols714
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Cols714
3 days 16 hours ago

Incredible game by Irving.

Tim
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Tim
3 days 16 hours ago

Cavs will be rewarded once again for 3 quarters and playing one. Analytics and defense stats don’t factor in effort, who knows what this team is actually capable of.

LA cavsfan
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LA cavsfan
3 days 15 hours ago

Great point

Tim
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Tim
3 days 16 hours ago

Coasting through 3 quarters

Cols714
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Cols714
3 days 16 hours ago

Nothing like outscoring a team by 20 in the fourth quarter.

Nate Smith
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Nate Smith
3 days 16 hours ago

LeBron point center tearing them up.

Nate Smith
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Nate Smith
3 days 16 hours ago

They don’t win this game without RJ and Love.

Cols714
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Cols714
3 days 16 hours ago

Or Irving and LeBron.

Nate Smith
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Nate Smith
3 days 16 hours ago

Bah. Irving gave away more than he got

Peter
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Peter
3 days 15 hours ago

Which shouldn’t have been – Kyrie’s the all-star while D’Angelo is the underachieving sophomore. A win is win but I do not feel good that another point guard had either his personal career high or season best against Kyrie.

Cols714
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Cols714
3 days 16 hours ago

Irving love and LeBron shooting great from three.

Tim
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Tim
3 days 16 hours ago

Variance?

Cols714
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Cols714
3 days 16 hours ago

Talent.

John B
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John B
3 days 16 hours ago

Read into that, “talent when it is our team, variance when it is the other.”

Nate Smith
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Nate Smith
3 days 16 hours ago

King James and1!

Tim
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Tim
3 days 16 hours ago

Lol, they haven’t learned how to flop yet in LA, Lebron busting out the bulldozer.

JoeyB
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JoeyB
3 days 16 hours ago

Big 3 with 91

Cols714
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Cols714
3 days 16 hours ago

Big three carrying us.

JoeyB
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JoeyB
3 days 16 hours ago

I can’t believe how much we rely on Richard Jefferson. Thank god he didn’t retire.

Nate Smith
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Nate Smith
3 days 16 hours ago

Lakers got the emotional win, now time to tank the game.

Cols714
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Cols714
3 days 16 hours ago

You really should’ve gone.

Nate Smith
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Nate Smith
3 days 16 hours ago

Good foul!

JoeyB
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JoeyB
3 days 16 hours ago

Lakers all 24 and younger. We’re all 24 an older. And we’re getting schooled.

JoeyB
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JoeyB
3 days 16 hours ago

Yeah, as usual, I’m an idiot.

Simmo
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Simmo
3 days 16 hours ago

Looks like school’s out….

Cols714
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Cols714
3 days 16 hours ago

We are winning.

John B
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John B
3 days 16 hours ago

If we win, 3-5 point win against the lakers where our starters play 35 minutes plus will be worth as much as a 30 point loss against the clippers where our starters don’t play. In other words, nothing.

TheOtherJason
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TheOtherJason
3 days 16 hours ago

I mean a wins a win. Its worth exactly the same as a win by 30

John B
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John B
3 days 16 hours ago

Context is everything during the regular season. A win by 5 against the lakers is not the same as a win by 30. Let’s not kid ourselves…or go ahead. Same as a win by 1 against the rockets is a win by 10 against the lakers. One team is god awful, another is great.

Nate Smith
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Nate Smith
3 days 16 hours ago

Haha. LeBron looking at Fred and AC’s monitor

Simmo
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Simmo
3 days 16 hours ago

Randall missed Kyrie’s mouth. Must be tired.

Nate Smith
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Nate Smith
3 days 16 hours ago

Cue Eddie Murphy pic, EG.

Nate Smith
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Nate Smith
3 days 16 hours ago

Ingram is a witch in the post

Cols714
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Cols714
3 days 16 hours ago

Fun game. EG you should’ve gone.

JoeyB
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JoeyB
3 days 16 hours ago

I guess its a good thing the big three rested last night. They needed all their energy to tie the actively tanking Lakers.

John B
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John B
3 days 16 hours ago

Wonder what the team with the least point differential and record was to win a ship. The cavs are way better than most teams in the east, but there is some history for defending champion teams coasting too much in the regular season, first round of the playoffs…

Cols714
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Cols714
3 days 16 hours ago

Yeah.

Tim
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Tim
3 days 16 hours ago

0-0, let’s put these clowns away

Nate Smith
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Nate Smith
3 days 16 hours ago

Sweet steal, sweet pass, JR!

Charlie E
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Charlie E
3 days 16 hours ago

Great save by JR

Phil Hubbard
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Phil Hubbard
3 days 16 hours ago

Great accidental give-and-go between LeBron and JR.

Nate Smith
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Nate Smith
3 days 16 hours ago

Hey everyone. Russell wants to go left.

Phil Hubbard
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Phil Hubbard
3 days 16 hours ago

Please, no scouting reports in the regular season.

Nate Smith
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Nate Smith
3 days 16 hours ago

God. Kyrie

Nate Smith
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Nate Smith
3 days 16 hours ago

Klove!

JB225
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JB225
3 days 16 hours ago

So I ask you guys at what point will Griffin sits down with coach Lue and the rest of the coaching staff and demands some consistency at the defensive end?

Cols714
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Cols714
3 days 16 hours ago

When do the playoffs start?

Nate Smith
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Nate Smith
3 days 16 hours ago

Cripes hard to blame love there. They just switch so easily.

Tim
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Tim
3 days 16 hours ago

Lebron leads the league in taking 3’s after missing a free throw

Simmo
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Simmo
3 days 16 hours ago

Interesting DWill not shooting even when wide open tonight…

TheOtherJason
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TheOtherJason
3 days 16 hours ago

Yeah i dont even know what is up

JoeyB
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JoeyB
3 days 16 hours ago

Lebron needs to have TT coach him on shooting free throws. Ye Gods.

daspec90
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daspec90
3 days 16 hours ago

Ha!

Cols714
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Cols714
3 days 16 hours ago

Hey. Nates here

JoeyB
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JoeyB
3 days 16 hours ago

Why does KI refuse to play good D during the regular season? We know he can do it. Why does he do this to us?

Cols714
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Cols714
3 days 16 hours ago

Because they are in first place. If he played good D he’d be injured or tired and we’d still be in first place.

Nate Smith
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Nate Smith
3 days 16 hours ago

That makes zero sense.

Phil Hubbard
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Phil Hubbard
3 days 16 hours ago

I think Cols just endorsed resting the Big 3 last night.

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