X-Rays Negative on James' Sore Toe


CLEVELAND (AP) - X-rays on LeBron James' sore right big toe were negative, and the Cleveland Cavaliers are hoping their superstar forward doesn't have to miss any games.

James injured his toe during the recent West Coast road trip and aggravated it during Wednesday night's double-overtime loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. James scored a season-high 39 points - 13 in the second OT - and played 53 minutes.

"He stubbed his toe a few games ago, and he hit it again last night," coach Mike Brown said after practice Thursday.

After getting tests done on his toe at the Cleveland Clinic, James didn't take part in Cleveland's light workout before the team flew to Philadelphia for a game Friday night. James was not available for comment.

Brown expects James to be in the lineup against the Sixers.

James' injury doesn't appear to be serious, which is good news for the Cavaliers, who are playing their worst ball of the season. Cleveland has lost five of six overall, including two in a row at home.

The Cavs blamed a lackluster effort and loss to Orlando on Monday to being too tired from a seven-game road trip. Brown isn't buying it, and is eager to get his team out of its current funk.

"I'm a no-excuse guy," he said. "We've still got to win ballgames. Everybody faces tough stretches like this and somehow, someway we've got to dig down and find a way to win. We know we can play better than what we've played.

"You get tired of talking about it, you've just got to go out there and do it."