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LeBron James out for Cavs-Thunder game with sore knee

LeBron James

LeBron James

AP

If you were looking forward to seeing the last two NBA MVPs square off in the first game of tonight’s TNT doubleheader, you’re out of luck. Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt says LeBron James is out for the game in Oklahoma City with a sore knee.

David Blatt says LeBron will not play vs OKC. Soreness in the back of his knee. Is day to day. No decision on Friday vs NOP

— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) December 11, 2014


David Blatt on LeBron: “Well, he’s not the easiest guy to replace.” Not sure about status for Friday in New Orleans. Dellavedova starts.

— Ethan J. Skolnick (@EthanJSkolnick) December 11, 2014


Blatt says Cavs do NOT believe LeBron knee issue to be serious but decide to hold him out because “we’re being cautious” as an organization

— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) December 11, 2014


This is disappointing news. Now that Kevin Durant is back from his foot injury, his matchup with LeBron was one of the most exciting on the upcoming NBA schedule. But it looks like we’ll have to wait until January 25 for them to play again.

Matthew Dellavedova will start in the backcourt alongside Kyrie Irving, with Shawn Marion moving from shooting guard to small forward.