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LeBron on Minutes: ‘That has to come down’

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LeBron James said he “wouldn’t mind” playing fewer minutes and that the Cleveland Cavaliers’ bench needed “more of an opportunity.”

James is averaging the third-most minutes per game in the NBA at 39.1. Fourth and fifth on that list are Kyrie Irving (38.4 mpg) and Kevin Love (37.0 mpg).

“That has to come down,” James said Tuesday, referring to the playing time for Cleveland’s Big 3.

“For me, I don’t want to do that all year,” James said. “Obviously right now it’s difficult because we’re trying to find a groove and we’re trying to find a rhythm and we’re trying to find something that you can’t really, you don’t want to shortcut it but at the same time you gotta be smart about it.”

via Joe Vardon of The Plain Dealer

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