James re­turns, Cava­liers de­but new sta ing lineup T

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

HE King has re­turned.

LeBron James made his pre­sea­son de­but Tues­day after miss­ing Cleve­land’s first three games with a sprained left an­kle. He scored 17 points, but also had eight turnovers in the 108-94 loss to the Chicago Bulls.

It was the first chance for James to play with close friend and former Miami Heat team­mate Dwyane Wade as the Cava­liers showed off their new start­ing lineup. Cavs coach Ty­ronn Lue brought out his new start­ing group for the first time now that James is back. He was joined by Wade, Kevin Love and new­com­ers Der­rick Rose and Jae Crow­der. Lue an­nounced the lineup, which in­cludes three former MVPs on Mon­day. James and Rose have won reg­u­lar-sea­son MVPs and Wade was the 2006 fi­nals MVP.

Rose fin­ished with 13 points and Iman Shumpert added 12.

“Tonight, I was off. I could feel it,” James said. “It’s just my first ac­tion since the Fi­nals and my tim­ing was a lit­tle off and turnovers, I think, just trick­led down to ev­ery­body. So, I made ev­ery­one’s tim­ing off.”

The start­ing five was ex­pect­edly rusty with the group hav­ing spent lit­tle time to­gether. Wade was just bought out by the Bulls on Sept 24. Crow­der and Isa­iah Thomas went to Cleve­land as part of the Kyrie Irv­ing trade on Aug 30. And Love was just re­cently in­formed that he’d be mov­ing to cen­ter with the unit from power for­ward.

Love and Wade were a com­bined 2 for 19 Tues­day.

“I don’t think we’ll be the team we want to be in a week,” James said. “It’s go­ing to be for the whole sea­son. We’re go­ing to have changes, we’re go­ing to make changes, we’re go­ing to be­come a bet­ter team as the games go on. So, the team open­ing night will not be the team that we know we can be.”

RAP­TORS 116, PIS­TONS 94 The Rap­tors never trailed as new­comer CJ Miles scored 19 points off the bench, in­clud­ing a 5-for-8 ef­fort from 3-point range.

Ish Smith led the Pis­tons with a game-high 22 points off the bench as the start­ing five strug­gled.

PIS­TONS: Langston Gal­loway scored 16 off the bench and An­dre Drum­mond fin­ished with 14 points and 11 points. Detroit’s starters shot just 13 for 39 (33.3 per­cent) from the floor.

RAP­TORS: Jonas Valan­ci­u­nas scored 18 and grabbed 11 re­bounds in the vic­tory. Serge Ibaka added 14 and DeMar DeRozan chipped in 13. PAC­ERS 108, MAC­CABI HAIFA 89 Newly ac­quired Vic­tor Oladipo did a lit­tle bit of ev­ery­thing for the Pac­ers as he scored 18, grabbed five re­bounds, handed out four as­sists and had five steals.

Former At­lanta Hawk Josh Smith scored 16 and pulled down seven re­bounds in the loss.

HAIFA: The NBA ex­hi­bi­tion tour con­tin­ued for Mac­cabi. An­gel Ro­driguez scored 15 and Oz Blayzer and Sa­mardo Sa­muels added 14 apiece. Haifa ac­tu­ally outscored the Pac­ers 56-47 in the sec­ond and third quar­ters com­bined.

PAC­ERS: Dar­ren Col­li­son scored 15 as In­di­ana nav­i­gates a world with­out Paul Ge­orge. Bo­jan Bog­danovic scored 13 and Myles Turner and Do­man­tas Sabo­nis each scored 12 in the win.

UP NEXT: The Pac­ers (3-1) open the reg­u­lar sea­son by host­ing the Nets on Oct. 18. Mac­cabi Haifa (0-2) trav­els to face the Trail Blaz­ers to­mor­row.

– AP

Photo: AP

Cleve­land Cava­liers’ LeBron James (23) shoots past Chicago Bulls’ Justin Hol­i­day (7) dur­ing the first half of an NBA pre­sea­son bas­ket­ball game in Cleve­land on Tues­day.

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