Tyronn Lue says he’s unsure whether LeBron James will play in Cavaliers’ opener against Celtics

Dan Feldman
NBC Sports

Cavaliers-Celtics is an awesome opening-night matchup. A rematch of last year’s Eastern Conference finals, a meeting of the two teams still presumed to top the East and, best of all, Kyrie Irving and Jae Crowder (though unfortunately not an injured Isaiah Thomas) facing their old teams.

But Irving’s nemesis, at least narratively, might not play.

LeBron James has been dealing with a sprained ankle he suffered in practice a couple weeks ago, and that will keep him out of Cleveland’s preseason finale against the Magic on Friday.

Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com:

As for James’ availability against the Celtics next week, Lue said James “got treatment all day today, so I’m not sure if we should be concerned or not.

“But it’s pretty sore today so we’ll just see what happens.”

Obviously, the Cavs aren’t going to chance LeBron in a preseason game if he’s sore – which just makes it harder to get a read on the situation. LeBron missing Friday’s game reveals little about his status for Boston on Tuesday.

But, hopefully, LeBron gets healthy. His individual matchup with Irving is highly anticipated after the point guard spent the summer distancing himself from LeBron.

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