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LeBron James deserves a break today

Apr 6, 2010, 11:26 AM EDT

It’s the fairy tale they teach us about the American dream in our youth — work extra hard, be good and you get to enjoy the fruits of your labor. It’s a load of crap — you telling me the office janitor isn’t working harder than a lot of guys in suits? — but we continue to teach it.

For the Cavaliers, it’s actually come true. They worked hard this season, they got all their goals accomplished — best record and home court throughout the playoffs — so now they can rest.

That starts with LeBron James, coach Mike Brown told the man Brian Windhorst.

“I’m not sure there is a right way to do it,” Brown said. “It’s a luxury to be able to rest players so we’re going to want to do that.”

LeBron James has made it clear he favors taking some time off. He’s a little banged up and has been dealing with a sore left elbow, among other minor maladies, the past few games.

LeBron is going to miss a couple of the Cavs final five games. And sorry ticket holders, the chances you find out in advance are slim and none.

The real question is who else gets rest, besides Shaquille O’Neal? Does Mo Williams get a night off? What about JJ Hickson? If they play, are their minutes way down?

Anyone with a fantasy league still running… beware.

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