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Blatt, Cavaliers may shut down LeBron James for rest of preseason

LeBron James, Kent Bazemore

LeBron James, Kent Bazemore

AP

LeBron James is sitting out the Cavaliers’ Thursday night preseason game against the Pacers. That much is certain.

But as LeBron has said he feels like he could use more rest, the Cavaliers may shut him down for the remainder of the preseason. That from coach David Blatt, via Jason Lloyd at the Akron Beacon Journal.

He isn’t hurt, the Cavs are just trying to limit his minutes.

“We’ll see what happens at the beginning of next week,” Blatt said, referring to games at the Toronto Raptors on Sunday and home against the Dallas Mavericks on Monday to conclude the preseason. “I certainly don’t expect him to play both games and I don’t know if he’ll even play one. We’ll see.”


This makes sense, and it’s why LeBron has only played in two of the Cavaliers’ preseason games so far. There’s no question LeBron showed up to camp in shape, and his skill set is plenty sharp. They are going to get him rest during the season, too, but there is no reason to run him much in the preseason either.

It’s all about the big picture, and the little things that Blatt and the Cavaliers do now can help lay a foundation for that.