In bulldozing their respective conferences through the first three rounds of the postseason, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors each earned an extended rest before their highly anticipated showdown in the NBA Finals begins on Thursday. Both teams appear to be playing their best basketball at the most important time. One of the reasons cited is the strategic rest days given to star players sporadically through the long regular season.
John Wall isn’t denying that his second unit was quite second-rate this year. In a recent interview with Chris Miller of CSN Mid-Atlantic, the Washington Wizards guard blamed the team’s bench for their early postseason demise. “We need to help our bench,” said Wall, per ProBasketballTalk’s Dan Feldman. “Just to be honest, that was our downfall in each series that we had in the semifinals — our bench got outplayed … It starts from upstairs – just building the right bench guys and building the chemistry. That’s all it is. “I think that’s where [the Celtics] won the game at,” he continued. “I heard Marcus Smart say after the game that I had no legs. He’s basically right … It’s just their bench guys