They Paid to See LeBron James. They Got Kay Felder.


With a season-high 10 points on Wednesday night, guard DeAndre Liggins, left, is now averaging 3.1 points a game this season for the Cavaliers.

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The tickets that fans bought for Wednesday night’s game in Memphis promised a matchup between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Grizzlies. And the paying customers did indeed get to see a game between the Cavaliers and the Grizzlies.

What they didn’t get to see were the Cavs’ three best players: LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. That was great news for fans of Cleveland role players like Mike Dunleavy and DeAndre Liggins, but perhaps not for most of those in attendance (although, for some, it worked out O.K.).

After Tuesday night’s game between the teams in Cleveland, Cavaliers Coach Tyronn Lue announced that his big three would not play in the rematch the next night, in his team’s only trip of the season to Memphis. Lue said he believed that James would benefit from skipping a second game in two nights. Love had a slightly stiff back. Irving missed the first game with the…

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