LeBron James was to sit out the first of three preseason games on Cleveland’s schedule this week when the Cavaliers played the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night.
Cavs coach David Blatt said after the morning shootaround that James would take the night off to rest his back. The Cavs just returned from a trip to Brazil for an exhibition game against the Miami Heat.
“We have to do the right thing for our guys and the right thing for our season in terms of how we manage the minutes,” Blatt said. “This is a marathon and not a sprint.”
After Tuesday’s game, the Cavs travel to Cincinnati to face the Indiana Pacers at Xavier University’s Cintas Center before returning to Cleveland to play the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night.
James said his back is feeling better, but the Cavs are concerned about overusing him. He has played in more games than any NBA player since 2003.
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