Cavaliers give James a night off against Bucks
LeBron James is getting a night off for the first time this
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
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
“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
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.