When Cleveland Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love was ruled out for six weeks after his undergoing knee surgery, inquiring minds wanted to know if the team would forget about clinging to the No. 1 overall seed in the East and start resting LeBron James, who's currently second in the NBA with 37.6 minutes per game, in advance of the playoffs.
LeBron's response: Nah.
LeBron asked about rest in wake of Love injury: "I’ll rest when I retire. As long as I’m in the lineup, we’ve got a chance."
— Jon Krawczynski (@APkrawczynski) February 14, 2017
It's a good thing, too, because Cleveland needed almost all of his 25-point, 14-assist performance against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night.
One of those dimes was particularly spicy: James tossed a no-look bounce pass between the wickets of Andrew Wiggins to find Derrick Williams for a deuce.
He also did this in the Cavs' 116-108 victory.
"The one thing that we can always rely on is the fact that we've played without Kev before," James said after the win. "We've had to do that in the playoffs. As much as you don't like to play without some of your big guns, sometimes if it happens then you're just ready for it."
On the other side, Wiggins went off, scoring 41 points on 16-of-29 shooting.
"We'll get 'em eventually," said Wiggins, who's now 0-6 against the Cavs in his career.