The Cleveland Cavaliers have not managed to achieve back to back wins since the start of the season, and that trend continued on Thursday night when they went to the Toyota Center in Houston to play against the Rockets.
Cleveland lost for the seventh time this season last night, as the Rockets defeated them 117-113, with James Harden achieving a historic triple-double of 35 points, 11 rebounds, and 13 assists. This stat line of at least 35/10/10/5 in a game has only been accomplished by one other player in the last 30 years, and that player is Michael Jordan.
While LeBron James had a decent game, scoring over 30 points himself with a stat line of 33 points four rebounds, and seven assists, he did commit nine turnovers, which have been a major problem for himself and the rest of the Cavaliers this season.
The four-time MVP also went over on his left ankle during the first quarter of the game, as he stepped on the foot of Rockets' Trevor Ariza when he started cutting toward the basket.
While many thought a player might leave the game after an incident like this in order not to aggravate it further, James dusted himself off and stayed in the game, playing 32 more minutes. In the end, though, he couldn't stop Cleveland from avoiding another loss.
Speaking to ESPN's Dave McMenamin, the Cavaliers star stated he'll receive treatment on his ankle overnight, and that he's confident he'll play on Saturday when his team visits the American Airlines Center to take on the Dallas Mavericks.
James said: "It's been the story of the early season for me kind of turning my ankles. Just lace them tighter and get back out there."
LeBron's ankle caused him to miss all but one of his team's preseason outings, however, he hasn't missed any time during the regular season for the Cavaliers so far.
If history tells us anything, Cleveland needs James to be out there on the court if they are going to win on Saturday, as the team lost all of the eight games which he missed during the 2016-17 campaign.