The Cleveland Cavaliers fell short of winning the NBA title last season and a host of injuries in the latter stages of the postseason undoubtedly played its part.
So, with key players such as Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving still on the road to recovery ahead of the 2015-16 season, it appears the Eastern Conference champions are taking no chances when it comes to the biggest name on the roster.
That's after Cavaliers head coach David Blatt, as reported by Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal, told reporters last night that he is strongly considering resting LeBron James for the rest of Cleveland's preseason schedule.
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LeBron sat out the Cavs' 107-85 loss to the Indiana Pacers on Thursday, and it looks like that trend could continue:
“We’ll see what happens at the beginning of next week,” Blatt said when discussing upcoming games against the Toronto Raptors (October 18) and Dallas Mavericks (October 19).
"I certainly don't expect him [LeBron James] to play both games and I don't know if he'll even play one. We'll see."
Perhaps making their minds up for them, Lloyd also noted that James had had an injection in his back this week.
James proved his value to the franchise during June's Finals series, and, approaching his 31st birthday, it makes sense for Cleveland to wrap the four-time NBA MVP in cotton wool ahead of the new campaign.
His fitness and skill levels are not in doubt, so it makes no sense to roll James out for the team's final two games of preseason. After the team's recent run of bad luck with injury, the last thing they need is their talisman to go down before competitive games have even begun.
There are 82 games ahead before the Ohio franchise can even consider challenging for the title again. Taking care of LeBron for each and every one of them must be a top priority if they want to go one step better than runners-up this time around.
Cavaliers fans: Is your current team better or worse than the one who lost last season's Finals? Have your say in the comments below...