That’s the problem with all the whining about players who rest. It works. The Warriors and Cavaliers are the evidence. They’ve not only arrived at this Finals meeting as expected, they got here in frighteningly efficient fashion, with a combined 24-1 record.
Even the issue of respect for fans — the most legitimate of the anti-rest arguments — wobbles when the success of the Cavs and Warriors is considered. It’s bad, obviously, for national television audiences to miss out on watching the league’s stars in what should be an important game because those stars are home sipping lemonade in a hammock. It’s bad, too, for fans who bought tickets to see Curry, James or Irving, only to find Ian Clark, Richard Jefferson or Deron Williams.
But sometimes, you get tickets to a Broadway show and you wind up with the understudy instead of the star. You’re not going to get Bette Midler in “Rochelle, Rochelle” every night.
Besides, should the Cavaliers and Warriors configure their season and their plans for rest around fans in Memphis and Miami? It’s never wise to tick off the national broadcasters, but should their allegiance be toward a mid-March television audience? Shouldn’t it go toward their own fans in Cleveland and the Bay Area?
For a guy who had to learn a brand new playbook two weeks before the regular season, Bradford could’ve been a lot worse last year. He wasn’t particularly great, but Bradford did his part to avoid mistakes, throwing 20 touchdowns to just five interceptions (though he did lose Cheap Authentic Baseball Jerseys five fumbles). He even set the single-season record with a 71.6 completion percentage, which will be a weird trivia answer in 10 years.