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James not taking chances

NEW YORK -- A sprained ankle forced LeBron James to miss his
first game of the season Friday night when his Cleveland Cavaliers
played the New York Knicks.

"The ankle feels fine. It's not 100 percent, so I'm not going
to be able to go tonight," James said after testing the ankle in
warmups before the nationally televised game.

Eric Snow replaced James in Cleveland's starting lineup, and
Sasha Pavlovic also moved into the starting lineup in place of
injured forward Ira Newble.

James sprained his left ankle early in the fourth quarter of
Cleveland's victory Wednesday night over Memphis before returning
to play the final 4:53.

"I'm going to do everything I can to get ready to get back to
my team as soon as possible," James said.

James missed three games last season because of a sprained right
ankle.

He is averaging 25.0 points, 7.4 rebounds and 7.4 assists for
the Cavaliers, who lead the Central Division.

"The closer he is to 100 percent, the better," Cavaliers coach
Paul Silas said. "Otherwise you're more susceptible to injury.