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Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James has been ruled out for two weeks after tests revealed that he was suffering from left knee and lower back injuries.
The Cavaliers released a statement on Thursday that after multiple examinations, including an MRI, James has knee and back strains as the tests were performed before Wednesday’s loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.
James sat out that game as the Cavs lost their third straight contest, and he is now expected to undergo several forms of treatment including anti-inflammatories.
“First and foremost, we want to make sure LeBron is well and completely recovered,” Cavs coach David Blatt told the Northeast Ohio Media Group on Thursday.
“The season is long and our main objective is that he will be well and strong for the rest of the season. But we have to fight it out and work every day to build others until he gets back after the time he needs.”
The four-time MVP has never missed more than five straight games in his professional career but if the two-week timetable for his recovery holds up, then his absence will most likely see him miss 10 games or more.
James conceded earlier this week that his knee had been bothering him all season as he aggravated the problem during the Christmas Day game against the Miami Heat, and his injury problems haven’t helped the current situation at the franchise.
After an indifferent start to the season, Cleveland appeared to figure their problems out on a winning stretch during November. However, they have struggled again in recent weeks and coach David Blatt has come under pressure.
Cleveland are also without Kevin Love (back spasms) and Shawn Marion (sore left ankle), while point guard Kyrie Irving has also struggled with a knee problem.
As a result of all the inconsistency and absences, the Cavs have dropped to 18-14 for the season which leaves them in fifth place in the Eastern Conference.