WASHINGTON (AP) — LeBron James is taking a day off.
Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue says he is resting the four-time NBA MVP on Sunday when his side plays against the Washington Wizards at the Verizon Center.
Lue says it's because the Cavs are playing a stretch of three games in four days, including at the Indiana Pacers on Monday night.
Another factor, according to the coach: James played the entire second half Friday night in Cleveland's 99-97 loss at the Toronto Raptors. The 31-year-old scored 25 points and had seven assists and eight rebounds in that game.
This is only the second game James will have missed this season. He sat out against Miami on December 5, when the explanation also given was that James needed rest, rather than that he was dealing with any sort of injury.
We'll see how this decision pays off for the Cavaliers, but it comes at a strange time for the side, considering they have lost two of their last three games. The two-time NBA champion has averaged 24.7 points, 7.2 rebounds and 6.6 assists per game so far this season.
It will be interesting to see if Cleveland is able to win a game without their best player on the court.