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Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt has revealed that LeBron James’ knee injury is not serious after he missed the game against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Cavs lost the game 103-94 and Blatt insisted before tip-off that James would sit out purely due to precautionary reasons and listed him as day-to-day.
Blatt told the media that James is suffering from soreness in the back of his left knee and he first started feeling discomfort after Tuesday night’s win over the Toronto Raptors.
“Nothing major,” Blatt said. “Again, not a serious problem. We’ll monitor it, we’ll treat him and we’ll see how he’s feeling tomorrow.”
There were no plans for the 29-year-old to undergo an MRI scan with the Cavs making various changes in his absence. Matthew Dellavedova started in James’ place with Kyrie Irving moving over to shooting guard while Shawn Marion played at small forward.
Irving also suffered a scare after clashing knees with Russell Westbrook, but it wasn’t deemed serious and he is expected to play in their next game after returning in the second half.
James is averaging 24.8 points, 7.7 assists and 5.5 rebounds per game but he is playing 38.0 minutes per game this season which is the second-most in the league behind Chicago Bulls star Jimmy Butler.
It is a concern for the two-time NBA champion who has previously noted this season that he would like to see his minutes reduced slightly ahead of what will likely be a long and gruelling season including the playoffs.