Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

LeBron shut down for remainder of preseason, iffy for Tuesday's opener

LeBron shut down for remainder of preseason, iffy for Tuesday's opener

Dwyane Wade #9 of the Cleveland Cavaliers talks with LeBron James #23 while playing the Chicago Bulls during a pre season game at Quicken Loans Arena on October 10, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio.

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 closes the preseason against the Magic at 7 p.m., and James will miss his fourth of five exhibition games because of a sprained left ankle.

"I'm pushing through it right now", he said after the game regarding his ankle. The Cavs will host former teammate Kyrie Irving and the Boston Celtics at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Cavaliers coach Tyron Lue has said that, because of James' injury, it remains unclear if he can participate in the team's opening game for the 2017-2018 National Basketball Association season, where they will be going against the Boston Celtics, which will feature former Cavaliers All-Star guard Kyrie Irving, who was traded to his new team only last month.

"(James is) pretty mad, pretty (ticked) off", Lue said. Because of this, the four-time NBA MVP (Most Valuable Player) has been ruled out of his team's final preseason game against the Orlando Magic happening tomorrow, October 13. James had 17 points but also registered eight turnovers.

Lue also noted James received treatment all day Wednesday, "so I'm not sure if we should be concerned (about his availability against the Celtics) or not".

"No. I told you it wasn't 100 percent the other day", James said.

The Cavs struggled as a team in Tuesday's loss against the Bulls, shooting just 40.5 percent from the field.

"Was pretty much bracing myself for it", said Smith, who compared what happened with Wade to a situation he experienced with the New York Knicks. The team held an extended practice Wednesday looking to right the ship, even without James.

James, who has never missed a season opener in his 14-season National Basketball Association career, sat out almost two weeks for training camp after spraining his left ankle during the second day of practice. "We're going to continue to keep working on it and I think guys will get it down". He is pictured on October 10, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio.

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