The Cleveland Cavaliers were without LeBron James for just the second game this season. Coach Tyronn Lue elected to rest James on the first game of a back-to-back and second of a three-in-four. Unfortunately, it appears the entire team decided to rest with him. The Cavs lost in a blowout to the Wizards, 113-99. But maybe that is okay.
And look, I could tell you the Cavalier's defense was like a unlatched screen door blowing in the wind on a sunny warm spring afternoon. I could compare the excitement of Kevin Love isolation plays to Brooklyn's chances to win Best Picture in tonight's Academy Awards. I could lament with you that John Wall and Bradley Beal put on a vintage "best backcourt" performance like the spin cycles of a whirlpool washer and dryer combo. But why would I put you through that boring and awful experience when you could make what's left of this beautiful, sunny, 67-degree day and do some spring cleaning.
The 28th day of February is way too early to clean out the garage or break out the porch furniture. But it is never too early to clean your spirit from this boring and garbage-time filled loss. So let me ask, in the spirit of Marie Kondo, do the Lebron-James-less Cleveland Cavaliers spark joy?
The Cavaliers started Richard Jefferson in James's place this afternoon. Place Jefferson's 31 minutes, his 10 points, and the fact that the Wizards led by as many as 30 points in your hands, and ask yourself... are you happy with this? Does this spark joy?
Now look at the 59 points John Wall, Bradley Beal, and Otto Porter combined for against the Cavaliers this afternoon. Do this make you feel good about yourself and the Cavs ability to defend the perimeter?
See, in The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Marie Kondo asks us not to discard what we don't like, but instead to surround ourselves with the things we truly love. I'm not saying that Cavaliers should only play lineups that spark joy. That would be awful, and likely injure everything we hold dear. But in a world where LeBron James is now 31 and the Cavaliers are in first place in the Eastern Conference, maybe we can give him a day off and not worry about the outcome. Yes, a 14 point romping in a second-straight loss is not fun. But do you have to keep this game in your life? Maybe we can let it go like the third of your personal library that you donated to Good Will after reading Marie Kondo.
Now imagine yourself, on a bike in the Metroparks. It is 67-degrees and sunny, maybe with a slight breeze. You have no idea Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love combined for 13-of-31 shooting in Washington but you do remember what the air smells like the ground begins to thaw at the start of spring. Look at you, surrounded by the things that spark joy in your heart. Isn't that nice. Just ignore the sports section tomorrow and enjoy the first iced coffee of 2016. You deserve it.