LeBron won't play vs. Durant, Thunder Thursday

LeBron won't play vs. Durant, Thunder Thursday

Updated Mar. 4, 2020 1:43 p.m. ET

OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Thunder are back to full strength, but now the Cavaliers aren't.

The first meeting of the season between Kevin Durant and LeBron James won't happen tonight at Chesapeake Energy Arena as Cleveland coach David Blatt said James will miss the game with a sore right knee.

James didn't go through shoot-around today and was a game-time decision.

Matthew Dellavedova will get the start in the place of James. Kyrie Irvinig will move to shooting guard and Shawn Marion will start at small forward.


Cleveland is 13-7. James has not missed a game this season and is averaging 24.8 points per game.

Meanwhile, Kevin Durant has played just four games this season and Russell Westbrook have played just seven. Both will start tonight for the Thunder who have won three in a row and are 8-13 overall.

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