CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Charlotte Hornets 115-107 to finish their four-game road trip at 3-1, and an adjustment to their travel itinerary may have aided in their success.
While in years past it was customary for the Cavs to fly out to the next city on their schedule immediately following a road game, this season they are changing how they approach trips, choosing to stay over in the city w they played and flying out the next day after each leg.
LeBron James endorsed the travel adjustment immediately, praising the fact that the team was staying in Houston even though he admitted all he had planned postgame was dinner back in his hotel room and echoing the same thought following the Dallas game, even though it meant delaying the team’s arrival in New York, the city that never sleeps.
Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said the team mapped out its plan to build in more stayover opportunities when the 2017-18 schedule was released in August.
T are variables that will determine each itinerary, such as hotel availability, the length of the flights involved, time-zone changes and, yes, the Cavs brass’ collective subjective opinion of how attractive one city is compared to the next one on the schedule.
Rest is always paramount on the minds of the Cavs’ training staff, and they have sent several members of the team to the Cleveland Clinic to monitor their sleep patterns.
The Cavs hope this will keep their road warriors from becoming so road weary.