CLEVELAND -- LeBron James will sit out the Cleveland Cavaliers’ regular-season finale against the Toronto Raptors at Quicken Loans Arena Wednesday night.
According to the Associated Press, James will sit out his second straight game ahead of the NBA Playoffs, which get underway this weekend.
The Cavaliers (51-30) elected to sit James and point guard Kyrie Irving for Monday’s road finale against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena in Miami after an overtime loss to the Atlanta Hawks Sunday afternoon.
Cleveland lost to the Heat, 124-121, in overtime.
This season, James is averaging 26.4 points, 8.6 rebounds, 8.7 assists and 1.2 steals in 37.8 minutes of play over 74 games.
James had 13 double-doubles of points and rebounds and another 16 of points and assists for a Cavaliers team that won the Central Division for the third straight time this season. Also, James tallied 13 triple-doubles this season, including seven since March 1.
Currently, the Cavaliers are one game behind the Boston Celtics for the No. 1 spot in the Eastern Conference standings. However, the Cavaliers are favoring rest ahead of the playoffs over potential home court advantage in the conference finals.
Even with a loss to the Raptors, the Cavaliers cannot drop lower than the No. 2 seed, and would likely play the Indiana Pacers in the first round of the playoffs.
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