The Cleveland Cavaliers arrive at the Fieldhouse on Wednesday to play the Pacers after giving a full 48-minute effort on Tuesday to beat the Toronto Raptors, 121-117.
LeBron James played 38 of those 48 minutes, doing his thing down the stretch to hold off a big effort from the Raps to push the Cavs to 9-1 on the season. This after James played 39 minutes on Sunday to help the Cavs beat the Hornets.
So with another tough game on Friday against the Pistons, will the Pacers see the Cavs at full strength. With the bigger picture of the full NBA season and expected long playoff run in view, occasional rest for James, let alone Kevin Love or Kyrie Irving seems like a reasonable plan.
The game tonight seems like a sweet spot on the schedule to try to gather some rest. Will the Cavs do so by trying to put the Pacers in a big hole early? Certainly conceivable. Or will they take the game variable out of the equation and sit a star or two?
Hopefully they save the rest games for home since fans pay a premium price to catch the Cavs at the Fieldhouse and the bulk of that demand is to see LeBron on the court.
Regardless, the Pacers will have to be on point and put together their best effort of the season to challenge the best team in the East.