LeBron says he might return Tuesday against the Suns

LeBron James has been on the sideline nursing injuries.  

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Cavaliers star LeBron James returned to practice Monday and said he is a game-time decision for Tuesday’s game at the Suns.

"Hopefully, my body reacts really well tomorrow," he told reporters, according to the Assocated Press. "I’m going to get some treatment. I just got some and I’m going to get some more tomorrow, and we’ll see what happens."

James has missed the previous eight games with back and knee strains. The Cavs have won just one of those games and are 1-8 without James overall. They are 18-11 when he plays.

James leads the Cavs and is second in the NBA in scoring at 25.2 points per game. He also leads the Cavs with 7.8 assists per game.

James said his time off was good "for me but not for the team."

"We struggled and I hate seeing that and I hate seeing us not play to our ability with me sitting out," he said.

He has not played since turning 30 years old on Dec. 30. Nor has he played with newcomers J.R. Smith and Timofey Mozgov, obtained in trades last week.

The Cavs (19-19) have lost five straight and have three games remaining on their swing through the West: Tuesday at the Suns, Thursday at the Lakers, and Friday at the Clippers.

"Playoffs is something we don’t need to be thinking about right now," he said. "We’re not ready to win a seven-game series. We’re nowhere near ready to even think about the postseason with our struggles of late. We need to get back to our winning ways." 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.