The Cavaliers without LeBron James, Andy and Sasha could not muster enough scoring power to overcome a 17 point deficit at the start of the fourth quarter, losing to the Seattle Sonic 101-95.Â Larry Hughes led the Cavs with 28 points. NBA BoxScore
Brian Windhorst from the Akron Beacon Journal tells us that despite dealing with a stiff ankle, LeBron James was in an upbeat mood as the Cavaliers returned home from their week-long West Coast trip after a loss to the Seattle SuperSonics.
The ankle, which James sprained Wednesday night in a victory in Portland, doesn’t figure to keep him out long. But that could include the home gameÂ against the Los Angeles Clippers.
”It’s not too bad, I’ll be OK,” James said. ”I don’t know if I’ll be back Saturday but I will probably be ready for the Celtics (next Tuesday).”
After flying home overnight Thursday, James spent Friday receiving treatment. The Cavs did not practice and, therefore, did not issue an update on his condition. They said they’ll know more today after the morning shoot-around.
Because James isn’t dealing with swelling as much as tightness, he might again be a game-time decision against the Clippers after testing it out pregame.
According to Branson Wright from the Plain Dealer, Varejao will be out until after the All-Star break.Â “The doctors said it was a pretty bad ankle sprain,” said Varejao.Â “They’re not exactly sure how long it’s going to take because there’s still swelling.Â They’ll have a better idea once the swelling goes down.”Â The doctors told Varejao that it won’t be until sometime after the All-Star game which is on Feb 17 before he is able to return.
The Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Los Angeles Lakers 98 to 95 at the Staples Center.Â LeBron had two clutch free throws to go along with his 41 points.Â Larry Hughes added 16 points on 7 of 13 shooting.
Cleveland Cavaliers forward/center Anderson Varejao left Sunday’s contest versus the Los Angeles Lakers with an ankle injury.Varejao stepped on Lakers’ Sasha Vujacic’s foot and rolled his left ankle with 3:12 left in the third quarter. He was in obvious pain as he layed on theÂ floor holding his ankle near the Cavs’ foul line for several minutes before being helped to the lockeroom.Â He was able to put some weight on his foot as he neared the locker room.Â He didÂ not return toÂ the game.Â
The Suns made one more play that cooled off the Cavaliers. That play came from the only shot Shawn Marion made all night. That shot was the one they absolutely had to have. It was a baseline floater with 1.1 seconds left.
After calling a timeout, Cleveland had trouble getting the ball inbounds before Damon Jones fired up a 3-pointer that was way off at the horn.
“A great, great win,” Phoenix guard Steve Nash said. “We didn’t get many calls or have many bounces go our way — until the end.”
The Suns had season-high 17 3-pointers. That was an arena record and the most ever by a Cavaliers opponent.
Cleveland scored 69 points in the opening half, but only 39 after halftime on 15-of-42 shooting.
James scored 36 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the Cavaliers.
That was the third lose for the Cavaliers in 14 games.
Larry Hughes finished with 25 points and was 10-11 from the free throw line. He added eight rebounds. This is his second-highest scoring output of the year.
Daniel Gibson tied his season high with six rebounds. He added seven points and five assists.
Over his last six games, Zydrunas Ilgauskas is averaging 15.3 points on .611 shooting and 8.0 rebounds per game.
Ira Newble started for Cleveland at shooting guard. He didn’t score in 12 minutes.
The Suns have won 15 of their past 18 against the Cavaliers.
Lebron James kicked a trash can in disgust on his way to Cleveland’s locker room.