Iman Shumpert to start for LeBron James in 2017 National Basketball Association preseason finale

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Le Bron James looks on from the bench during the first half of an preseason NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards Sunday Oct. 8 2017 in Washington

LeBron James blames himself for Cavaliers' preseason loss vs Bulls

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James (23) dunks against the Chicago Bulls during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game in Cleveland, Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017.

Shumpert returned from a sprained left foot Tuesday against the Bulls.

"Not sure", Lue said. "Pretty mad, pretty pissed off. But I mean, it is what it is". Lue was noncommittal when asked if James will be ready for the game, saying "I'm not sure". "So we kind of scrapped some of the stuff we've been doing and we're going to just go in a different direction offensively with that first unit", Lue said. Lue said he's had to alter some plans already.

While Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward ended up in Boston, the archrival Celtics, still will have to contend with Cleveland, a risky Atlanta Hawks squad and an under-the-radar team in the Miami Heat. James scored 17 points in the game, but also had eight turnovers and was, in his own words, "off." "It's just one game, but I think he'll be OK". So, obviously tonight and tomorrow morning it's going to be a telltale sign of how I came out tonight.

"I'm pushing through it right now", James said.

But the importance of that game, at least for the players who know they'll be on the final roster, pales in comparison to the regular-season opener against the Boston Celtics on October 17. However, apparently, he and his team will just have to deal with it for now until he is finally okay.

James, entering the season as the odds-on favourite to win his fifth MVP award, did not speak to reporters following Wednesday's practice session. Though Cavs coach Tyronn Lue has yet to provide an official update on James' injury, several media outlets believe the team might rest its franchise star. There's a lot of hype behind the game but like I told him, we got to be smart about it. "It's something new to us".

One can only wonder, but while some may want to dismiss them as too old, too slow and playing in an inferior conference, it would be wise to never understate them.

CLEVELAND (AP) - LeBron James won't play again this preseason, and there's a chance he'll miss Cleveland's hyped opener with Boston.

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