After four of his starters played over 40 minutes Wednesday night in their 116-112 loss against the two-time defending champion Miami Heat, Clippers Coach Doc Rivers gave his team the day off Thursday.
Jamal Crawford, starting at shooting guard in place of J.J. Redick (sore right hip) and also playing some backup point guard, played a team-high 46 minutes 38 seconds. Crawford finished with 31 points and six assists against the Heat.
Blake Griffin logged 42:17 while scoring a season-high 43 points and having to defend LeBron James at times.
DeAndre Jordan played 40:32 and Matt Barnes 40:19.
"No practice tomorrow," Rivers said with a smile after Wednesday night's game.
Then Rivers talked about why he played Crawford, Griffin, Jordan and Barnes so many minutes.
"That's trying to win a game," Rivers said. "You can do that every once in a while. You can't do it every night."
Given that the Clippers have played 12 games in 20 days in 10 cities, it made sense for Rivers to cancel practice for his weary team.