CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James will sit out Cleveland’s regular-season finale, resting a strained right calf in preparation for the playoffs.
James did not play in Monday’s loss at Miami and general manager David Griffin confirmed Tuesday the three-time NBA champion will also miss Wednesday’s game against Toronto.
The 32-year-old James has not played in the last regular-season game since 2007. He logged 47 minutes in Sunday’s overtime loss at Atlanta. James is attempting to reach the Finals for the seventh straight time.
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The Cavaliers have prioritized health and rest over getting the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. The defending champions also sat All-Star guard Kyrie Irving against the Heat. He’s been bothered by soreness in his surgically repaired left knee.
Cleveland is also without center Tristan Thompson, who has a sprained right thumb.