NBA Commissioner Adam Silver sent a memo to the league’s board of governors Monday, calling the way teams are choosing to rest starters in some games “an extremely significant issue for our league” and pressing owners to be more involved in the decision-making process.
Silver also told the owners that the matter will be discussed at league meetings next month after nationally televised games on back-to-back Saturday nights were diluted by decisions to rest star players.
“Decisions of this kind … can affect fans and business partners, impact our reputation and damage the perception of our game,” Silver wrote in the memo, which was obtained by the Associated Press.
The rest issue has been an even hotter-than-usual talking point of late with teams like the Warriors and Cavaliers — the last two NBA champions — electing to rest starters in recent nationally televised games.
Fans have complained on some occasions that they have paid a premium price to see stars play, then arrived at arenas only to find that those players are getting the game off.
The Clippers remained a game behind Utah in the race for the fourth seed in the Western Conference playoffs.
Isaiah Thomas scored 25 points after missing the previous two games with a bruised right knee, leading host Boston to a victory over Washington in another testy matchup between two of the top teams in the Eastern Conference.
Nikola Vucevic had 26 points and 13 rebounds, Evan Fournier scored 19 points and host Orlando overcame a 17-point second-half deficit before winning in overtime.