For the third consecutive season, LeBron James will not play a game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, instead taking a night off to rest.
As mentioned on the Locked on Podcast, the schedule set up perfectly for a rest day for LeBron as the Cavs are on a back-to-back and in the midst of playing four games in six days and three games in four days against some top contenders in the Eastern Conference.
After lining up the competition, the Pacers are the least threatening team, plus LeBron played 38 minutes while trying to earn a W over the Toronto Raptors last night. The rest makes sense from a big picture view for the Cavs.
BUT...for those NBA fans from the broad region around Indy who may go to one or two games a year to see the league’s elite, the news won’t sit well. I wonder if there are any of those fans, buying tickets to see LeBron, who have been hosed all three years.
There is ball and business, but for those fans paying big money to see a marquis player, the DNP-Rest is never good business.
This should be good news for the Pacers, although the Cavs still have plenty of issues to deal with when they unleash Kyrie Irving to go to work in the pick n’ roll.