The NBA preseason is less about actually winning games, and more about working on team chemistry, seeing what a team is able to produce on the court when together, and if there are any holes in the team that need fixing before the regular season starts.
Most of these concerns shouldn't apply to the Cleveland Cavaliers, as despite the new additions to their roster during the offseason, many still expect the team to be in the hunt for the number one seed in the Eastern Conference and finishing well in the playoffs.
However, their preseason has not been great, as they're yet to win any of their four games played, including a 108-94 loss last night against the Chicago Bulls. They now only have one more preseason game against the Orlando Magic before their regular opener against the Boston Celtics.
LeBron James played for the first time in the preseason for the Cavaliers on Tuesday, after missing the last three games with a sprained left ankle. He played just over 30 minutes and scored 17 points with five rebounds and three assists. However, he did turn the ball over eight times in the game, with seven of those turnovers occurring in the first half.
King James wasn't very happy with himself at all with his performance.
James said following Cleveland's 108-94 loss to Chicago at Quicken Loans Arena, according to ESPN's Dave McMenamin: "Well, me personally, tonight I was off. I could feel it.
"It's just my first action since the Finals and my timing was a little off and turnovers I think just trickled down to everybody, so I made everyone's timing off."
LeBron's ankle flared up during the first quarter of the game, but he was kept in the game.
"I'm pushing through it right now," James said. "I just wanted to try and test my foot, test my ankle to see how I would come out tonight. So, obviously tonight and tomorrow morning it's going to be a telltale sign of how I came out tonight. I'm still fresh from the game so it's OK now but you never know when you wake up the next morning how it can flare up or if it can stiffen on you.
"So, I'll know more about it tomorrow but I definitely wanted to test it tonight knowing that at least if I tested it tonight I have a week until the regular season started if I don't play in the game on Friday."
We'll have to wait and see if James does decide to play on Friday against the Magic, otherwise, this might be the only preseason action he gets before the regular season opener against the Celtics next week.