LeBron James may sit out a few games
He may rest a sore toe he reinjured in a loss to Phoenix
CLEVELAND (AP) -- The most famous big toe in town needs pampering, and LeBron James just might give it some.
The All-Star forward said Monday he'll consider sitting out Cleveland's next few games to rest his sore right toe, which he injured on a recent road trip and aggravated during Sunday's game against Phoenix.
After missing Friday's game at Philadelphia, James returned and scored 30 points in 42 minutes against the Suns, but he re-injured the toe during the fourth quarter of the Cavaliers' 115-100 loss.
James was kept out of an eight-minute scrimmage Monday, but he was able to shoot, stretch and even threw around a football on the team's practice court with teammate Sasha Pavlovic following the workout.
James said a few days off would do his toe wonders.
"It would help," he said. "I don't like sitting down. I don't like not being able to give something to my teammates. Being out in street clothes, I hate that feeling. I feel like I'm leaving my teammates out on an island.
"Right now, it's an injury where you go out there and keep reinjuring it. You've got to be smart and it's something I've really got to think about. ... Long term, it would be smart if I took some games off and some practices off, honestly, to get better."
The Cavaliers have a busy week ahead.
Tonight, they play host to Golden State before playing at Miami on Thursday. They're back home Friday to face Charlotte before playing host to the Detroit Pistons Sunday in a nationally televised Super Bowl appetizer.
The hectic schedule is making it difficult for James to get adequate rest for his toe, which he initially sprained and bruised during a Jan. 19 game at Denver.
"That's the problem," James said. "We're playing every other day and you're getting back-to-backs where there isn't much rest time. So I've got to be smart about this. It's either go out there and affect my play by keep reinjuring it and keep hurting it.
"It's something I need to think about and sit down with the coaching staff and come up with a solution."
X-rays and an MRI taken last week revealed no structural damage to James' toe. But as a precaution, he sat out Friday's game and the Cavaliers beat the Sixers.
"It's bruised on top and sprained inside the ligament," James said. "It's nagging and something I haven't had in a long time. It's something I have to work at every day and get as much rest as possible.
"It's going to nag on and nag on if you keep playing on it."
James' toe injury is coming at a bad time for the Cavaliers, who are playing their worst ball this season.
Cleveland has lost three straight at home and dropped seven of 10 overall. After having the Eastern Conference's best record for much of the season's first half, the Cavs have slipped in the standings. If playoffs started tomorrow, Cleveland would be the No. 5 seed.
More concerning is that they have just a four-game lead over New Jersey, which holds the No. 8 spot.
James, though, isn't worried about a collapse.
"There are still a lot of ballgames to play," he said. "We're still right where we want to be. It's all about getting to the playoffs. Once you get to the playoffs it doesn't matter if you're a No. 1 seed or eighth seed, it's best out of seven. We want to get home-court advantage of course, but we have to keep getting better."