Two weeks injury break for LeBron
Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James is expected to miss at least the next two weeks with injuries to his left knee and back.
The timing of the injuries is another blow to the Cavaliers, who have been jarred by a rash of medical issues and failure to live up to the enormous expectations triggered by James' re-signing as a free agent with Cleveland last summer.
The team said on yesterday that James has knee and back strains. He'll be treated with "anti-inflammatories, rehabilitation, training-room treatments and rest," and the Cavs projected he will miss two weeks. If he's out for just that span, James will be back for a January 15 game in Los Angeles against the Lakers. The Cavaliers begin a five-game West Coast trip on January 9.
negative test results
James, who turned 30 on December 30, missed his second straight game on Wednesday. Before his team lost 96-80 to Milwaukee, the four-time league MVP said all tests on his knee had come back negative. He acknowledged his knee has been hurting all year, which helped explain why James hasn't shown the same explosiveness driving to the basket, and his willingness to defer to teammates.
He also acknowledged that 11 NBA seasons have taken a toll on his body.
"I've got 41,000 minutes on me, including the playoffs," he joked. "You drive that car in the winter time."
James has never missed more than five straight games in his professional career. If the two-week timetable holds up, his absence could reach 10 games or more. That could be a major problem for the Cavaliers, who've had issues with chemistry and recently lost starting Brazilian centre Anderson Varejao for the season with a torn Achilles. On top of that, forward Kevin Love missed Wednesday's game with back spasms and reserve Shawn Marion has sat out the past two games with a sprained ankle.
Wednesday night's results: Spurs 95 Pelicans 93, Bucks 98 Cavaliers 80, Rockets 102 Hornets 83, Pacers 106 Heat 95, Clippers 99 Knicks 78, Celtics 106 Kings 84.