Sprained ankle has LeBron James questionable for opener vs. Celtics


James played in just one of the Cavs' five preseason games after spraining his left ankle on the second day of camp.

"He went through that stuff today and he went and got cardio in the weight room", Lue said.

But Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue refused to place any added significance on Tuesday's challenge against the Celtics.

The Cavaliers will kick off their season Tuesday against the Celtics and Irving, who requested a trade from Cleveland in July. "It's just something he's been trying to work on", Lue said.

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The Cavs lost 11 straight regular-season games without James, and have a lowly 4-23 record without him since he returned to the team in 2014.

With a revamped roster and more offensive options than ever, Lue believes the Cavs are more equipped to compete when James is on the bench.

"I think we'll be a lot better off". We're deeper. A lot of versatile players.

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That didn't sit well with many Cleveland residents.

He's been a prototypical three-and-D wing for the Cleveland Cavaliers who excels as a catch-and-shoot threat and has a knock for hitting the tough and contested three-point shots.

Irving's three-pointer in the waning moments of game seven in 2016 lifted Cleveland to the city's first championship since 1964.

Lue wasn't sure what else Irving should expect from the fired-up, sellout crowd.

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"He's got to see how it feels", Lue told the AP. "Whatever decision they make, that's the right one. So whatever they decide to do, I embrace whatever they do".