LeBron James logged 40+ minutes in the Cavs' overtime loss to the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday night, and it seems the Cavs want to make sure he doesn't find himself in the position again less than 24 hours later. James will take the night off, likely disappointing Miami Heat fans that adored him for four years and were excited to get a glimpse of their former star.
No LBJ tonight thinking long term with tough back to back
— Fred McLeod (@CavsFredMcLeod) December 5, 2015
Heat fans have been magnanimous in losing LeBron James, and I'm sure many were excited to cheer on the former MVP who played an indispensable role in two NBA championship teams there. In the meantime, the Cavs are now missing arguably their three most athletic players, Kyrie Irving, LeBron James and Iman Shumpert. They still have some players, and it'll be interesting to see what kind of night Kevin Love will have, but it's clear the Cavs are willing to lose in December in order to have a better James in May and perhaps June. They might need him for the Heat when that time comes.