CLEVELAND -- The Cavaliers put their foot down and told
LeBron James to rest his sore toe.
The Cavs are not the same team when LeBron James is not in the lineup. Well, it's not what you might be thinking. Counting Tuesday's win over the Warriors, Cleveland is 8-2 in games James has missed since joining the team in 2003. A closer look inside the numbers:
Source: Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
The All-Star forward was advised by the club's medical staff to
rest his sprained right big toe and he was inactive for the
Cavaliers' game Tuesday night against Golden State.
The Cavs probably don't want him to miss too many games, but they do pretty well without him. Sasha Pavlovic started for James and scored 24 points -- 15 in the first half -- as Cleveland crushed the Warriors 124-97.
The Cavs are now 8-2 in games that James has missed with injuries since 2003.
James got hurt during a Jan. 19 game at Denver and he has
aggravated the injury by playing in four games since. He missed
Friday's game at Philadelphia, but decided to play on Sunday
against Phoenix in a nationally televised game and tweaked his toe
in the fourth quarter.
On Monday, James said he was contemplating sitting out a few
games to get his toe fully healed. After being advised by team
doctors, coach Mike Brown said the club decided to take the
decision to play or not out of James' hands.
"Any time you have a player like that you worry about him
trying to do too much," Brown said. "At times you just have to
tell him, 'No.' If that's the best thing for him long term and the
team, so be it."
James is listed as day-to-day on the team's injury report and
Brown said it's too early to rule him out of any upcoming games.
"If it was a playoff game, we'd suit him up," Brown said.
James was not available for comment before the game. On Monday, he said the injury had been nagging him.
"It isn't something I've had in a long time," James said.
"When you have a sprain there's not much treatment you can do.
It's not like you can get the swelling to go down by icing it. It's
a sprain, so it's something that's going to nag on and nag on if
you keep playing on it."
After facing the Warriors, the Cavaliers play at Miami on
Thursday before hosting Charlotte on Friday and Detroit this
Snow had started 139 straight games dating to the end of the
2004-05 season, and although he wasn't happy with the decision, he
promised to support Gibson.
"My job all along has been to try and get him ready," Snow
said. "It's fortunate for him and unfortunate for me. In no way,
shape or form am I going to do anything but try to help this team
Brown has been searching from more production at the point, and
feels now is the time to see if Gibson can provide some.
"It's about out time to shake it up a little bit," he said.
"Daniel's played well offensively and he's played well
defensively. It will be good to get him a look."