Cleveland hopes to have McInnis back in the lineup when it meets the Phoenix Suns in the finale of its five-game homestand.
The Cavaliers have lost two straight without McInnis, who has a strained right shoulder. He is listed as day-to-day and his status for Tuesday’s game will be a game-time decision.
The losses have dropped the Cavs into eighth place in the Eastern Conference. They have a one-game lead over Boston and Toronto for the final playoff spot with 13 to play.
Without McInnis running the show, the Cavaliers committed 14 turnovers in a 96-76 loss to Detroit on Sunday.
“Jeff probably would have made a huge difference,” Cleveland’s Carlos Boozer said. “The turnovers might have been cut down to five and we would have a lot more fast-break baskets.”
Prior to their mini-slide, the Cavaliers went 17-8 after trading for McInnis on Jan. 21. He’s averaged 11.3 points and 7.6 assists while shooting 40.3 percent from 3-point range with Cleveland.
Cavaliers coach Paul Silas moved James to the point midway through the second quarter, something he initially said wouldn’t do.
“We needed all of our weapons tonight just to be competitive and we didn’t have everybody,” Silas said.
James shot poorly for his second straight game, finishing 5-for-17 and scoring 15 points. He had 14 points on 4-for-14 shooting in a 97-87 loss to Utah on Friday.
Phoenix has an abysmal 8-26 road record and has lost six of its last eight overall.
Amare Stoudemire scored 27 points to help the Suns end a five-game home losing streak with a 123-111 win over Milwaukee on Saturday.
Stoudemire, who has scored at least 20 points in 16 of his last 18 games, also grabbed eight rebounds, helping the Suns to a 40-35 advantage on the boards.
STANDINGS (through March 21): Suns - 7th place, 28 GB, Pacific Division. Cavaliers - 5th place, 19 GB, Central Division.
TEAM LEADERS: Suns - Stoudemire, 19.7 ppg; Marion, 9.4 rpg; Johnson and Howard Eisley, 4.1 apg. Cavaliers - James, 20.6 ppg; Boozer, 11.5 rpg; McInnis, 6.0 apg.
SEASON SERIES: Suns, 1-0.
LAST MEETING: Oct. 30; Suns, 95-86. At Phoenix, Stoudemire scored a team-high 25 points, including a pair of three-point plays late in the fourth quarter. James finished with 21 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists, but committed seven turnovers for the Cavs.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Suns - 8-26 on the road; Cavaliers - 20-15 at home.