The Cleveland Cavaliers have every reason to be especially careful with LeBron James ankle injury. At least his condition doesn’t seem to be nearly as bad as Tony Parker’s.
The Cavaliers may be without James again as they try to reach 50 wins Monday night in a matchup with a San Antonio Spurs team that faces the possibility of missing Parker for the rest of the regular season.
Coach Mike Brown said James might sit out a second consecutive game after twisting his right ankle slightly in Cleveland’s 99-92 win over Detroit on Friday night. Brown insisted the decision to keep James out of a 92-85 loss to Milwaukee the following evening was for rest and had nothing to do with the star’s ankle.
James, though, was clearly limping as he walked to the bench in the first quarter and again to the locker room at halftime.
“He’s logged a lot of minutes,” Brown said. “For me, this is a great opportunity to rest him and a great opportunity for some other guys to have an opportunity to step up.”
I knew he was out because of this as well. It made no sense to give him rest when there are 20 games left. Maybe the last 3-4 games of the season makes sense, but not now.