Doc Rivers says NBA needs to ‘protect its product’ and reduce back-to-back games

The NBA wasn’t happy that the Cavaliers rested their “Big Three” players in Saturday night’s 108-78 loss to the Clippers, but Clippers coach Doc Rivers doesn’t blame the Cavs for their move.

He blames the NBA, and says the league needs to reduce the number of grueling back-to-back games in certain situations.

“We have to protect our product,” Rivers said, via ESPN. “It’s hard. It’s impossible, if you actually knew what went into scheduling, but the look of back-to-back ABC national games — it’s not good.”

Golden State instead signed Matt Barnes, though it upheld its end of the agreement by signing Calderon and releasing him hours later. (According to NBA rules, a player must be waived by March 1 to be playoff-eligible with his next team.)

According to ESPN’s sources, the Hawks targeted Calderon, 35, when his Warriors deal fell through.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution noted that the deal is complicated by the Wholesale Jerseys From China fact that Calderon won’t clear waivers until 5 p.m. ET Saturday.

In his 12th season, Calderon appeared in 24 games for the Lakers and averaged 3.3 points, 2.1 assists and 1.7 rebounds in 12.2 minutes, well below his career averages (9.7 ppg, 6.3 apg, 2.6 rpg, 28.3 min.)

Indeed, the No. 1 seed doesn’t promise anything. Out of the 34 Finals teams since 2000, 14 Wholesale NFL Jerseys Nike entered the postseason as the top seed, and only three times (2000, 2008, 2016) in that span have NBA fans seen the East and West’s No. 1’s battle for a title.

Cavs sharpshooter Kyle Korver knows better than most that regular-season wins don’t guarantee a Finals trip. Korver has entered the NBA playoffs as a member of the top-seeded squad three times in his career (2010-11 Bulls, 2011-12 Bulls, 2014-15 Hawks), but ironically, he was beaten by James-led teams two of those three times.

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