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CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Cleveland Cavaliers will open the preseason tonight, as they host the Atlanta Hawks.
LeBron James, who is still day to day with a left ankle injury that is not believed to be serious, will not play. But newcomers Dwyane Wade, Derrick Rose, Jeff Green, Jose Calderon and others will make their Cavaliers preseason debuts.
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Game 1: Cavs (0-0) vs. Hawks (0-0)
Tip off: 7:00 p.m. at Quicken Loans Arena
TV/radio: Fox Sports Ohio; WTAM AM/1100, 87.7 FM (ESP)
Cavs probable starting lineup: Derrick Rose, J.R. Smith, Dwyane Wade, Jae Crowder and Kevin Love.
Hawks probable starting lineup: Dennis Schroder, Kent Bazemore, Taurean Prince, Ersan Ilyasova and Dewayne Dedmon.
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LeBron James tests sore ankle, hoists 3-pointers prior to Cavaliers’ first preseason game Wednesday (video)
CLEVELAND, Ohio — Despite being ruled out of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ preseason opener Wednesday night against the Atlanta Hawks, LeBron James was on the court early, going through his usual game night routine.
After taking a few free throws, James moved beyond the 3-point line where he hoisted a handful of triples to cap his workout. He needed to make three in a row before moving to the next spot. After a sluggish start from the left corner, James started to pick it up while new teammate and buddy Dwyane Wade watched.
James suffered an ankle injury on the second day of practice, one week ago, when he stepped on Cedi Osman’s foot. James hasn’t practiced since and is currently listed as day to day.
Nearly two hours before tipoff, head coach Tryonn Lue provided an update.
"Went through shootaround today, but still day to day," he said. "We don’t want to rush it, don’t want him to push it. But he said he feels a lot better."
The Cavs will return to the practice floor Thursday and James’ practice availability is not yet known. Their second preseason game is Friday night at Quicken Loans Arena.
Tyronn Lue said three friends were among those shot at Las Vegas concert
CLEVELAND, Ohio — Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said three of his friends were among the more than 500 injured at a Las Vegas concert Sunday night in which 59 people were killed.
Lue, 40, has lived in Las Vegas for the past nine summers. A gunman opened fire at the conclusion of country singer Jason Aldean’s concert in what became the largest shooting massacre in U.S. history. In addition to the hundreds wounded by the gunfire, there were also fans who were injured in the frantic effort to leave the concert area.
"I knew a lot of people that were affected, a lot of people that were there," Lue said Wednesday, before the Cavs’ preseason opener against the Hawks. "Just not about my people, but just a horrible thing to have to go through, especially when I lived there for nine years and knowing all the people I know out there that work at the Mandalay Bay and Aria, all different casinos. Having to go through that, being at that concert. It was a tough thing to go through.
"I feel sorry for all the loved ones of each one that lost someone or been badly hurt," Lue continued. "It’s just not a good thing. I knew you guys would probably bring it up. I’ve been touched by a few people who’d gotten injured, who’d gotten shot. Just a tough position to be in.
"When you’re going through your phone and so many people who lived out there, were great friends of yours and took care of you, you’ve been around for so long. It’s just tough to go through that experience."
Lue said 15 of his friends attended the concert, and all three of his friends who were shot are still alive.
Lue owned a home in Las Vegas but sold it two years ago and has stayed the past two summers at the Aria hotel and casino.
The shooter opened fire from a room at Mandalay Bay, which is at the opposite end of the Vegas strip.