Although his Clippers team was the beneficiary of the Cavaliers' decision to rest LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love on Saturday night, trouncing Cleveland's reserves 108-78, coach Doc Rivers said that the NBA needs to address the "back-to-back" scheduling of nationally broadcast games.

"We have to protect our product," Rivers said. "It's hard. It's impossible, if you actually knew what went into scheduling, but the look of back-to-back ABC national games -- it's not good."

Rivers emphasized that he has no quarrel with coaches, in consultation with their teams' medical staffs, resting players when the schedule demands it. On Thursday, Rivers didn't play his starting frontcourt of Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan on the second night of a back-to-back in Denver.

"I hate it for the fans," Rivers said. "I really do. I hate it. I do it. We all do it. I mean, it's bad. And I did it the other night in Denver. There are people with Blake and DJ jerseys all over the place."

Rivers recommended the league refrain from scheduling teams playing in marquee nationally broadcast games for two games in as many days.