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LeBron James sits with strep throat, could miss more time

LeBron James sits with strep throat, could miss more time

By Tom Withers, Associated Press | Posted - Feb. 25, 2017 at 9:27 p.m.


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CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James did not play in Cleveland's game against the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night because of strep throat.

Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue announced James' absence about 90 minutes before the opening tip of the Bulls' 117-99 victory. Lue said James was sick, and the four-time MVP didn't attend the game. Lue said he didn't know how long James will be out, then confirmed James had strep throat after the game.

The Cavaliers are 4-19 without James since he returned to Cleveland in 2014, including 0-4 this season.

James stayed home to rest Saturday morning while his teammates went through a light workout at the club's training complex in Independence.

Richard Jefferson started in James' place for the defending NBA champions and scored nine points. Chicago has won all three games against Cleveland this season.

The Cavs are 8-2 in February and have a 3 1/2-game lead over Boston for the best record in the Eastern Conference.

James is averaging 25.7 points, 7.8 rebounds and 8.9 assists this season. He's also playing 37.5 minutes per game, and Lue has said he would like to get the three-time NBA champion some rest as the playoffs approach.

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