Doc Rivers says NBA needs to 'protect its product' and reduce back-to-back games

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The NBA wasn't happy that the Cavaliers rested their "Big Three" players in Saturday night's108-78 loss to the Clippers, but Clippers coach Doc Rivers doesn't blame the Cavs for their move.

He blames the NBA, and says the league needs to reduce the number of grueling back-to-back games in certain situations.

"We have to protect our product," Rivers said, via ESPN."It's hard. It's impossible, if you actually knew what went into scheduling, but the look of back-to-back ABC national games —it's not good."

Rivers himself had rested Clippers stars Blake GriffinandDeAndre Jordanon the second night of a back-to-back situation on Thursday in Denver. So he understands why the Cavs sat LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. Yet at the same time, NBA games without marquee stars are not as attractive for TV viewers or fans who purchased tickets.

"I hate it for the fans. I really do," Rivers said."I hate it. I do it. We all do it. I mean, it's bad. And I did it the other night in Denver. There are people with Blake and DJ jerseys all over the place."

Rivers recommends the league tweak its scheduling toprevent teams appearingin nationallly televised games from playing back-to-back games.

"I think we have to treat those games like they're afternoon games, and you don't play the night before," Rivers said. "And then you don't play the next night after."

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