Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James is not happy with the Cavs “Big 3” getting the bulk of the minutes amongst the Cleveland Cavaliers.
James is averaging just under 40 minutes per game (third most in the league), Kyrie Irving is averaging 38.4 and Kevin Love is averaging 37 (fourth and fifth most in the league.) James has exceeded 40-minutes in seven of the Cavaliers first nine games, and the two-time champion told the Cleveland Plain Dealer on Tuesday that he’d like to see that number reduced.
“That has to come down,” James said Tuesday, referring to the playing time for Cleveland’s Big 3.
“For me, I don’t want to do that all year,” James said. “Obviously right now it’s difficult because we’re trying to find a groove and we’re trying to find a rhythm and we’re trying to find something that you can’t really, you don’t want to shortcut it but at the same time you gotta be smart about it.”
Since the 2011-12 season, James has played at least 37 minutes per game every year, including four consecutive trips to the NBA Finals (2011-14,) and a gold medal run with Team USA in 2012.
Cutting back on his three best players minutes is going to be tough for Cavaliers head coach David Blatt, as the Cavaliers attempt to sort out rotations and find their rhythm as a team.