LeBron James was upset he was benched for Saturday's game against the Clippers, and so was the NBA.

James, along with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, who were both on the mend from knee injuries, sat out for the Cavaliers. As a result, the Clippers dominated the defending champions' supporting cast in a 108-78 win at Staples Center.

"He was mad, but I just thought for him it was the right decision," Cavs coach Tyronn Lue told reporters about James. "Not to go out there and try to carry the whole load by himself and playing more minutes."

Just minutes after the decision was announced, Cavaliers GM David Griffin said he got a call from the NBA league office.

"Seven minutes after it was announced. Yeah, they were not happy," Griffin said after the game, via ESPN.com. "I feel bad for the league. I really do. But it is what it is for us from an injury standpoint. We literally had one guy rest tonight and everybody else was reasonably injured. I don’t feel like we did anything terribly egregious."

With Channing Frye, Deron Williams, J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert and Tristan Thompson starting, the result was not surprising for the Cavs. It was, however, what LA needed in order to keep pace with the Thunder for playoff positioning.