LOS ANGELES (AP) -- LeBron James played point guard Friday night
and was more aggressive on offense, but his seven turnovers helped
fuel a 95-90 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.
The 18-year-old rookie had 16 points on 5-for-14 shooting with
four assists and three rebounds, making three outside shots after
missing at least 10 of them the previous night.
"Today I felt real comfortable at (point guard), other nights I
feel comfortable at (shooting guard)," James said. "It's
whatever's in my rhythm at that point in time."
James had three of his turnovers -- all on bad passes -- in a
two-minute span of the fourth quarter when the Clippers took the
lead for good. James had a chance to pull Cleveland within four,
but missed a wide-open 3-pointer with 1:10 left.
Coach Paul Silas moved James to point guard in an effort to get
more creativity out of the offense, and James was much more
involved than he was the previous night against the Lakers. He went
to the foul line eight times -- quadrupling his total from
Cleveland's first four preseason games.
"When he was as the point he seemed to be more assertive and
aggressive. What I didn't like was the turnovers, they were at
inopportune times. You give up 21 points off turnovers you're not
going to be a very good team, and we're averaging 20 turnovers a
game. That's cause for concern right now," Cleveland coach Paul
Corey Maggette had a team-high 15 points for the Clippers, who
won despite shooting 34 percent. Bobby Simmons added 14 points, and
Quentin Richardson had 13. Richardson also picked up a technical
foul for screaming after he scored on a dunk off a missed shot.