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LeBron James won’t play Sunday vs. the Wizards

James will miss a third straight preseason game with an ankle injury

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When the Cleveland Cavaliers hit the road and face the Washington Wizards on Sunday, LeBron James will not be taking the floor for a third straight preseason game.

After the Cavs lost to the Indiana Pacers on Friday in Cleveland, coach Tyronn Lue said that James would miss Sunday’s game, per James hurt his ankle on Sept. 27 when hurt it in practice. He is back practicing with the team, but Lue said James’ ankle was “still a little sore, not fully recovered yet. He feels better, but not to where they want him to be to be ready to play.”

With James missing Sunday’s game, he will have two games — Tuesday at home against the Chicago Bulls and next Friday on the road against the Orlando Magic — before the regular season starts. Cleveland opens the season on Oct. 17 against ex-Cavalier Kyrie Irving and the Boston Celtics.

Dwyane Wade, who has started the last two games with James out, will likely start again on Sunday.