LeBron James is a go for the Cleveland Cavaliers’ second game, Friday at Milwaukee. ‘
There was never a ton of doubt, but James’ uncooperative left ankle is still sore, leading to some speculation he may sit out.
But James and Cavs coach Tyronn Lue made it clear at Thursday’s practice that James is all in for Game 2.
That’s good news for Cavs fans, Bucks fans and pro basketball fans all across the world. If you love this game, you love watching James play.
In the season-opening win over the Boston Celtics, James went for 29 points, 16 rebounds and nine assists.
The Cavs and the Bucks each opened their season with a win over Kyrie Irving and the Celtics. And if you think James was impressive vs. Boston, check out the line from Bucks swingman Giannis Antetokounmpo — who finished with 37 points and 13 rebounds.
“He came into the league young, athletic. Now he’s really figured it out, on who he is and how to play, making guys better, rebounding the basketball,” Lue said.
“He’s a complete player, so, he’s tough to guard. A lot like LeBron in transition as far as pushing the ball, attacking the basket and getting into the paint. He’s really developed into a great player.”
The Bucks are more than just the Greek Freak, however. They gave the Cavs fits last season with a young, scrappy and athletic lineup.
“They have so many guys that have been very dynamic and can do multiple things,” James aid. “We should look forward to the challenge. They’re a really good team and they’re trying to make the next jump up the Eastern Conference as they stated over the summer and so far throughout the season.”
Tipoff is 7 p.m. EST on ESPN.
With a glut of newcomers, including starters Dwyane Wade, Derrick Rose and Jae Crowder, and a shorter training camp, the Cavs admittedly are still getting to know each other on the court.
“It’s taking all of us to remember how to play,” James said. “It’s not just me and D-Wade. We’ve got (eight) new guys. It’s also taking Coach Lue as well. He told us as well. So it’s not just about D-Wade and myself, it’s about everybody.”
Added shooting guard Kyle Korver: “We’re going to find our way. That was literally the second or third time we had all our guys together, it happened to be the first game of the season.
“We’re piecing things together, we’re trying to figure out lineups, we’re trying to figure out minutes. Ty just said, ‘Be patient with me.’ I think we’re all fine. We’re going to figure it out.”