The Cleveland Cavaliers kick off their season on Tuesday night in Chicago with the Bulls. It'll be on TNT, and it features two of the best teams in the Eastern Conference. While the Cavs will be missing Kyrie Irving and Iman Shumpert, Cavs fans get good news on other fronts: LeBron James and Tristan Thompson look like they will be available.
LeBron James received an injection for his back and hasn't been available for most of the preseason. He hadn't been practicing either, but that changed Sunday morning.
LeBron James went through a full practice today, according to David Blatt.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) October 25, 2015
This is very good news, of course. The Cavs schedule through Christmas isn't that difficult, but they do start on the road with Chicago and then Memphis before coming home for the Heat. Three games in four nights. Having LeBron James available would be a big help.
Likewise, David Blatt also announced that Tristan Thompson will play Tuesday night. With Blatt in his second year, and continuity in the frontcourt with Kevin Love and Timofey Mozgov, it isn't the most difficult adjustment for Thompson to make coming back from missing a lot of the preseason. If he can pitch in 20 productive minutes on Tuesday and Wednesday, that's a big help.