Cavaliers finish six-game road trip

Updated: January 23, 2005, 1:32 AM ET
Associated Press

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Guard Jeff McInnis sat out the Cleveland Cavaliers' game against Golden State on Saturday night with a sprained left foot.

Jeff McInnis
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Cleveland Cavaliers
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2004-2005 SEASON STATISTICS
GM PPG RPG APG FG% FT%
38 15.1 2.1 5.3 .435 .804

Coach Paul Silas decided to rest his starting point guard in the finale of the Cavs' six-game road trip, rather than risk aggravating what's thought to be a minor injury. McInnis was hurt in the fourth quarter of Cleveland's blowout loss at Sacramento on Thursday night when Darius Songaila landed on the back of his foot.

"It's not too serious," McInnis said. "[We're] just being safe."

The Cavaliers, led by LeBron James' 28 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists for his second triple-double in three games, put away the Warriors 105-87.

An X-ray on McInnis' foot earlier Saturday was negative, and he'll be re-evaluated when the Cavs return to Cleveland. Their next game is Monday night at home against Washington.

Veteran Eric Snow, the only healthy point guard on the Cavs' roster, got his first start of the season against the Warriors, with shooting guard Lucious Harris backing him up.

"[Snow] knows the system, and he knows what to do," Silas said. "Now he's just got to step up and play 30 minutes or so. That's the comforting thing, that a veteran can just step in there."

Snow was acquired from Philadelphia last summer because the Cavs fell apart late last season when McInnis struggled with a bruised right shoulder, losing 11 of 12 to fall out of playoff contention. Cleveland missed McInnis' steady playmaking, which eases the burden on LeBron James to initiate the Cavs' offense.

Dajuan Wagner also has played just 11 games for Cleveland this season, missing time with his usual litany of injuries. After sitting out two stretches with plantar fasciitis in his right foot, he was hospitalized last week with an inflamed large intestine, going on the injured list on Tuesday.

McInnis is the Cavs' third-leading scorer with 15.1 points and 5.3 assists per game. He had appeared in every game this season for Cleveland, which used just two starting lineups in its first 38 games while taking over first place in the Central Division.


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