Cavs’ LeBron ag­gra­vates an­kle in­jury; opener vs. Celtics in doubt

Rome News-Tribune - - SPORTS - By Tom With­ers As­so­ci­ated Press Sports Writer

CLEVE­LAND — LeBron James won’t play again this pre­sea­son, and there’s a chance he’ll miss Cleve­land’s hyped opener with Bos­ton.

James didn’t prac­tice Wednesday, a day after he made his ex­hi­bi­tion de­but after be­ing slowed by a sprained left an­kle sus­tained Sept. 27. Cavs coach Ty­ronn Lue said the four-time MVP is sore and has been ruled out of Cleve­land’s fi­nal pre­sea­son game Fri­day night in Or­lando.

As for James’ sta­tus for Tues­day night’s game against the Celtics and for­mer Cavs All-Star guard Kyrie Irv­ing, Lue was non-com­mit­tal.

“Not sure,” Lue said. “Got treat­ment all day to­day, so I’m not sure if we should be con­cerned or not. But it’s pretty sore to­day so we’ll just see what hap­pens.”

Lue said James is upset that his an­kle is still an is­sue.

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

James did not speak to re­porters fol­low­ing Wednesday’s prac­tice.

He ag­gra­vated his an­kle Tues­day night against Chicago as the Cavs un­veiled a new start­ing lineup fea­tur­ing James, Der­rick Rose, Dwyane Wade, Jae Crow­der and Kevin Love. James scored 17 points and had eight turnovers, but the de­fend­ing East­ern Con­fer­ence champions fell to 0-4 and it’s ap­par­ent their new lineup is going to need a lot more time to­gether.

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