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Cavs resting Big 3 vs. Clippers, James, Irving, Love to play vs. Lakers Sunday

By Marla Ridenour Published: March 18, 2017

Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue will rest the Big 3 of LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love in Saturday night's nationally televised game against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center.

Lue said he wanted to maintain rhythm, so the trio will play together Sunday night against the LA Lakers.

The Cavs aren't allowing Love to play on back-to-back nights after he returned from arthroscopic surgery on his left knee one game ago. Irving sat out the fourth quarter of Thursday night's home victory over the Utah Jazz with stiffness in his left knee, so it made sense for him to sit, Lue said.

Lue said James and Irving were ticked about missing the game televised by ABC.

Kyle Korver will also be sidelined for his sixth consecutive game with a sore tendon in his left foot. Iman Shumpert, who suffered a sprained left shoulder in the third quarter against the Jazz, will start, along with Channing Frye, Tristan Thompson, Deron Williams and J.R. Smith.

Lue said Derrick Williams, a late scratch Thursday with a bruised right quad, will be available.

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