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REPORT: Tyronn Lue, Cavs To Value Health Above All Things Heading Into Playoffs

The Cleveland Cavaliers area heading into the final stretch of the season, and with a little over three weeks of regular season basketball to play, the focus for many teams around the league is to get in the best possible seed heading into the postseason.

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Not for the Cavs, however. According to Dave McMenamin of ESPN, coach Tyronn Lue is valuing his team’s health over the number one seed.

“We definitely want the No. 1 seed if we can get it, but I think we have to rest our guys also,” Lue said after the team’s shootaround Monday morning. “I think health going into the playoffs is more important than the seeding. If we’re fortunate enough to get the No. 1 seed, it will be great for us. But if not, then we just got to play through it.

“I think all championship teams have to win on the road anyway. So, [the No. 1 seed is] important to us, but also being healthy going into the playoffs is more important.”

The Cavs have played 69 games through Sunday night, compiling an Eastern Conference best 49-20 record. With 13 games to go, they could very well reach the 60 win plateau if they wanted to.

Out of the entire roster, only Tristan Thompson has played all 69 games. LeBron James and Kevin Love have played the second most at 66 games, followed by J.R. Smith at 65, Richard Jefferson and Timofey Mozgov at 64, and Matthew Dellavedova at 63. Iman Shumpert and Kyrie Irving have played 44 and 43 games, respectively, after returning from offseason surgeries.

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Moving forward, the Cavs 13 remaining games should not be more difficult than the Raptors remaining 13 games, but it’s been tough to see which Cavs’ team comes out to play: the determined team or the disinterested club.

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