What is most important at this stage of the season? Resting LeBron James to give him a chance to be as healthy as possible heading into the playoffs or securing the 4th seed which would give the Cavaliers home court advantage. The Cavaliers are 25-13 at home and 17-22 away this season. James has not practiced for a second straight day and may sit out tonightâ€™s game against the New Jersey Nets.
Cavaliers coach Mike Brown said yesterday that it’s possible James could sit out.
“I know he wants to play,” Brown said. “But we have to be cautious with him now.”
“We want him healthy in the playoffs,” Brown said. “Yes, we want the fourth seed, but to get the fourth seed and have an unhealthy LeBron throughout the playoff run wouldn’t do us any good.”
“It’s a Catch-22,” said Cleveland center Zydrunas Ilgauskas, who has also missed time with a bad back.
“We all realize how valuable he is to us. But without him being healthy, we stand no chance going into the playoffs.”
Which is more important, resting LeBron or securing the 4th seed?