Cavaliers give James a night off against Bucks

LeBron James is getting a night off for the first time this

season.

Cavaliers coach Mike Brown says he’s sitting his superstar,

calling it “just a coach’s decision” to keep him out of

Cleveland’s game against Milwaukee on Saturday night.

“He’s played a lot of minutes for us,” Brown said. “I just

felt it would be good for him and for the team to hold him

out.”

James had 40 points and 13 rebounds in a 99-92 victory over the

Pistons on Friday night, but also turned his right ankle slightly.

Brown said his decision had “nothing” to do with the injury and

James could play if needed.

“He’s a competitive person, he wants to be out there,” Brown

said. “Sometimes I listen to him, sometimes I won’t listen to him,

but tonight is a great opportunity for him to get some rest.”

It’s certainly a welcome decision for the Bucks, who have been

on a tear by winning 14 of their last 18 games. James, who

typically has missed a game or two before the postseason begins,

has averaged 30.1 points in 25 career games against Milwaukee and

has had two of his 50-point games at the Bradley Center.

He’s also led the Cavs in scoring in their last 16 straight

games and is leading the NBA, averaging 30 points a game this

season.

“It’s disappointing on one hand because we wanted to go against

them as full strength as we could, but on the other hand it’s a

different kind of test now,” Bucks coach Scott Skiles said.

“We’ve become a competitive group. I sensed the guys were looking

forward to going out there and going against him a little

bit.”

James looked relaxed in the locker room, getting a massage while

still in jeans and sunglasses. He did not speak before the game,

and Jawad Williams was to start in his place.