LeBron aggravates ankle injury; opener vs. Celtics in doubt

His status for the Cleveland Cavaliers' season opener is in question.

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James answers questions during the NBA basketball team media day, Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, in Independence, Ohio. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)
Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James answers questions during the NBA basketball team media day, Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, in Independence, Ohio. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

CLEVELAND (AP) – LeBron James won’t play again in the preseason because of a sprained left ankle and his status for the Cleveland Cavaliers’ season opener is in question.

James aggravated his ankle while making his exhibition debut Tuesday night against Chicago. He scored 17 points and had eight turnovers as the Cavaliers fell to 0-4. He did not practice Wednesday and coach Tyronn Lue said the four-time MVP won’t practice Thursday or play in Friday’s preseason finale at Orlando.

The Cavs open the regular season on Tuesday against the Boston Celtics and former Cleveland guard Kyrie Irving. Lue was noncommittal when asked if James will be ready for the game, saying “I’m not sure.”

Lue said James is “pretty mad” about the injury.

Cleveland’s new starting lineup – James, Derrick Rose, Dwyane Wade, Jae Crowder and Kevin Love – looked mostly out of sync in James’ debut.

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