LeBron ag­gra­vates an­kle in­jury, may miss opener

The Expositor (Brantford) - - SPORTS LISTINGS -

CLEVE­LAND — LeBron James won’t play again in the pre­sea­son be­cause of a sprained left an­kle and his sta­tus for the Cleve­land Cava­liers’ sea­son opener is in ques­tion.

James ag­gra­vated his an­kle while mak­ing his ex­hi­bi­tion de­but Tues­day night against Chicago. He scored 17 points and had eight turnovers as the Cava­liers fell to 0-4. He did not prac­tice Wednesday and coach Ty­ronn Lue said the four-time MVP won’t prac­tice Thursday or play in Fri­day’s pre­sea­son fi­nale at Or­lando.

The Cavs open the reg­u­lar sea­son on Tues­day against the Bos­ton Celtics and for­mer Cleve­land guard Kyrie Irv­ing. Lue was non­com­mit­tal when asked if James will be ready for the game, say­ing “I’m not sure.”

Lue said James is “pretty mad” about the in­jury.

Cleve­land’s new start­ing lineup — James, Der­rick Rose, Dwyane Wade, Jae Crow­der and Kevin Love — looked mostly out of sync in James’ de­but.

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