It's what he does.
Let's face it, LeBron loves to vacation in Indy. The world's best basketball player - yes, still - must love the museum at IMS or strolling through the zoo. Whatever the local attraction, LBJ annually schedules time off for rest and relaxation when his teams visits the Circle City.
Over the past three seasons, LeBron enjoyed on of his visits to Indy without breaking a sweat. The first time, the Cavs gave us the courtesy of listing an "injury" for the missed game, offering a sore back as the ailment keeping the King on his throne and off the court. Of course, the prior night he played 36 minutes and two days later logged 42 minutes.
A year later, LeBron simply didn't play with a DNP-rest and then the trend of the LBJ vacay in Indy really turned into an eye raiser when he rested just 11 games into last season. Sure the Cavs were on a back-to-back, but um...Hey! Have you ever toured historic Hinkle Fieldhouse?
Fortunately, the Pacers are 3-0 against the LeBron-less Cavs so now that we're used to seeing LBJ in stylish suits on the sideline, let's make it 4-0.
The timing appears perfect once again. The Cavs are rolling after a rocky start having won their last 13 games. LeBron has reminded everyone that he is simply unreal, averaging over 28 points, 8.6 assists and 8 rebounds per game. He's also logging over 37 minutes per game.
That last number will force James to rest at some point and this visit to Indy makes more sense than the other three DNP's combined. The Cavs play the Pacers on the first night of a back-to-back in the midst of three games in four days. Although the Cavs beat the Kings on Wednesday, it wasn't easy, requiring 41 minutes from LeBron and a second-half rally to earn the win.
So, again, I ask: Why wouldn't LeBron rest against the Pacers on Friday?