CLEVELAND (AP) - LeBron James has decided to play it smart and not play.
The All-Star forward will rest his sprained right big toe by sitting out the Cavaliers' game Tuesday night against Golden State.
James has been wrestling with the idea of taking some time off to give his sprained toe a chance to heal completely. He injured it during the Jan. 19 game at Denver and has aggravated the injury by playing in four games since.
James missed Friday's game at Philadelphia, but decided to play on Sunday against Phoenix in a nationally televised game and tweaked his toe in the fourth quarter.
The Cavaliers have gone 7-2 in the nine career games their superstar has missed with injuries since 2003.
James hinted on Monday that he might take some extended time off to make sure the toe is 100 percent before he plays again.
"It's very nagging. It isn't something I've had in a long time," James said. "When you have a sprain there's not much treatment you can do. It's not like you can get the swelling to go down by icing it. It's a sprain, so it's something that's going to nag on and nag on if you keep playing on it."
After facing the Warriors, the Cavaliers play at Miami on Thursday before hosting Charlotte on Friday and Detroit this Sunday.
During Tuesday's morning shootaround, Cavaliers coach Mike Brown said he would replace point guard Eric Snow in the starting lineup against the Warriors with rookie Daniel Gibson. Snow has started 139 straight games dating to the end of the 2004-05 season.