LeBron James missed the Cavs’ shootaround Saturday due to an undisclosed illness. Richard Jefferson took James’ place in Saturday’s workouts and would likely start in James does sit. The Cavs are 4-18 without James since he re-signed with the team prior to the 2014-15 season.
James did several videos of himself eating and drinking wine outside Friday afternoon when the weather was still warm, so perhaps he caught a cold when the temperatures dropped from the mid 70s back down to the 30s.
Sitting out a game, though, could actually do James some good. He’s second in the league in minutes per game at 37.5 - Raptors guard Kyle Lowry is first at 37.7 minutes per game - and has played on occasions where coach Tyronn Lue has said he would rest. Lue has said that he hopes the Cavs build up a big lead in the Eastern Conference in February before resting players in March. The Cavs currently hold a 4 game lead over the Boston Celtics in the East’s standings.