Shumpert to miss Cavs’ next two games

Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert is hoping to return soon from injury.

Cavaliers shooting guard Iman Shumpert will miss Wednesday’s game at Indiana, and Thursday’s at Oklahoma City, with a right ankle sprain.

Shumpert suffered the injury in Monday’s overtime win at Washington. He left the arena in a walking boot, but reportedly is feeling better and able to move around without crutches.

Meanwhile, Cavs star LeBron James will play at Indiana. There had been some speculation that he would sit out to rest. He could potentially rest Thursday vs. the Thunder.

“Coach (Tyronn Lue) is going to do a good job of looking at my minutes and trying to get me rest throughout the game, but I haven’t slowed down,” James told reporters at shootaround.

“My numbers are up, but we’ve been in a good groove, and if I get to rest a couple minutes throughout the game, off days, things of that natureĀ … It helps the body. But it’s whatever coach wants to do.”

DeAndre Liggins will start in place of Shumpert on Wednesday, according to Shumpert, of course, had been starting in place of the injured J.R. Smith. Liggins has started several games in Smith’s place as well.

The Cavs (35-15) have won five of six; the Pacers (29-22) have won seven straight.

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