Shannon Sharpe reacts to the Cavs losing to the Celtics: ‘For the first time, LeBron James looked tired’

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In his conversation with Skip Bayless and Jenny Taft, Shannon Sharpe reacts to the Cleveland Cavaliers losing to Kyrie Iriving and the Boston Celtics, questioning LeBron James' minutes as a critical reason for The King's loss to his former teammate.

- Well, Shannon, what happened to the Cavs last night?

SHANNON SHARPE: Um, they're the oldest starting line up, oldest team. And it looked like they were tired. And this is what happened-- an old team playing back-to-back.

Also what happened, Skip, Kevin Love, Jae Crowder, Dwayne Wade, and Jeff Green was 8 of 44, 0 from 12 from the three point line. They lost by 14 points. That's what happened. You know it. I know it. And--

SKIP BAYLESS: I-- wait-- have I spoken yet? I don't know.

SHANNON SHARPE: I'm saying-- you know--

SKIP BAYLESS: Don't put words in my mouth.

SHANNON SHARPE: I'm not asking you to speak. I'm saying you know it because I know you know it.

SKIP BAYLESS: Oh, just a general you.


SKIP BAYLESS: You don't say you as in me?


SKIP BAYLESS: Thank you.


SKIP BAYLESS: Yeah, yeah.

SHANNON SHARPE: Anyway for the first time, Skip, LeBron James looked tired. He looked tired at the second half. He shot seven and nine in the first half.

He got whatever he wanted going to the basket. He made one pull up, but he drove on Smart. He drove on Maurice. He drove home Jaylen Brown.

There is no one who can stop LeBron, but he just didn't have any legs. And what we're seeing if you look at the last four ball games in the second half, he's shooting 30%. The minutes are starting to catch up.

And so I think when Isaiah gets back, he will reduce some of the scoring load, some of the work load, that LeBron has to do. And these minutes-- LeBron played 21 minutes in the first half. He played a game high 34, of what, 32 minutes between both teams.

He played the most minutes in the game last night. LeBron needs to be somewhere around 17 minutes, 18 minutes max in the first half, and maybe play 15 to 60. I think Ty Lue is going to have to taper back some of these minutes.

Now, the good thing about the playoffs is that they don't play back-to-backs. So I'm not worried about this, but this is an older ball club. And back-to-backs do them no favor.

So with that being said, Celts played well. The Cavs did not shoot the ball well at all. I know Kevin Love tweaked his ankle, but he was playing bad before he tweaked his ankle.

He was bricking shots from three feet away. Everybody was bricking shots. And a lot of them was coming up short, which tells me the legs are tired.

So they don't play again until Saturday. They go on the road to Orlando. They haven't played well on the road the last week and a half.

This is the first of five game road trip. So they got another back-to-back in there. But they'll get better.

They'll figure it out. They'll get the rotation set. They're trying to figure out what they're going to do, how they're going to play when Isaiah gets back. But this is what happens when you're an older ball club. You play back-to-back games against a very-- the fifth youngest ball club in terms of roster.

This is what happens. You look bad. They look fresh.

They rotated multiple times because you got 19-year-old Jayson Tatum. You got a 21-year-old Jaylen Brown and Roger. Kyrie-- the oldest player on their team is Al Horford. Most of the guys are 25 and below.

So take that with a grain of salt. You won the ball game. Take a taper raid.

Pull up a banner. Do whatever you want to do, but we'll see you down the road. We ain't worried about it. We'll see you down the road.