Cavaliers F James sits out practice, will miss game

Ruben Hill
October 12, 2017

James didn't practice Wednesday, a day after he made his exhibition debut after being slowed by a sprained left ankle sustained September 27.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James' sprained ankle could keep him out of the regular-season opener on October 17 against the Boston Celtics. While confirming that veteran sharpshooter J.R Smith will return to the starting line up to take James' place, Lue said the Cavs will be extra careful in handling injuries.

Per Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com, James has been "effectively" shut down for the rest of the preseason after feeling soreness in his ankle Wednesday.

As for James' availability against the Celtics next week, Lue said James "got treatment all day today, so I'm not sure if we should be concerned or not".

"Pretty mad, pretty pissed off", Lue said "But I mean, it is what it is".

The four-time MVP has taken the court only once in the ongoing National Basketball Association preseason - on Tuesday evening when the Cavs fell 108-94 to the Chicago Bulls.

James' ankle has wrecked Lue's plans to try and create continuity on the first unit, comprised of James, Dwyane Wade, Derrick Rose, Kevin Love and Jae Crowder. There were few sparkling moments as the group was mostly out of sync.

For now, James' injury will prevent the Cavs from working out their offensive kinks.

The 32-year-old James has never missed an opener in 14 seasons, and this one has some special sizzle.

The challenge was ultimately two-fold for James: get back conditioning and rhythm after being sidelined for almost two weeks, and acclimate to a handful of new teammates, including a completely overhauled starting lineup compared to what he played with en route to three trips to the NBA Finals in the last three years.

"You want to see what works". "It's a luxury that we have by having him on our squad, being our leader, but do we wish we had a little more time with him in the preseason? Yes".

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