LeBron sits out exhibition game against Boston

Updated: October 12, 2005, 12:37 AM ET
Associated Press

Cleveland Cavaliers: LeBron James sat out Cleveland's exhibition game against the Celtics on Tuesday night as a precaution after experiencing some pain in his left arm in the Cavaliers' preseason opener a day earlier.

James strained his left pectoralis in Cleveland's 116-94 victory to the Wizards on Monday night.

Team physician Dr. Richard Parker advised James to sit out Tuesday's game. James is listed as day-to-day.

Dallas Mavericks: Forward Keith Van Horn left the Mavericks' exhibition opener against the Sacramento Kings with a sprained right thumb.

Van Horn, a ninth-year NBA veteran acquired by Dallas last winter, scored 12 points on 5-of-6 shooting before getting hurt in the second half. He played 14 minutes as a reserve.

Philadelphia 76ers: Chris Webber sat out the 76ers' preseason opener against the Rockets as a precaution after he was hit in the thigh at practice a day earlier.

Webber left practice Monday after he was kneed in the thigh, and coach Maurice Cheeks said he wanted to keep his All-Star forward healthy during the preseason.

"We have some guys trying to make the team, anyway, so it gives them other opportunities I'm sure they're looking forward to," Cheeks said.

Starting center Samuel Dalembert was held out of the game against Houston with a strained quad. Dalembert missed the first three days of training camp last week, then aggravated the injury in Friday's scrimmage.

Steven Hunter and Michael Bradley started for the Sixers.

Sixers rookie forward Shavlik Randolph will miss another two to four weeks with a stress fracture in his left foot. Randolph was hurt in the first practice on the first day of camp and was originally listed with a sprained left foot, including on Tuesday's injury report.

Cheeks said before the game the injury was much more serious.

Seattle SuperSonics: The SuperSonics hired former Cleveland coach Brendan Malone as a consultant.

A longtime NBA assistant, this will be Malone's second stint as a consultant with Seattle. He held the same position in 1996 when Seattle reached the NBA Finals.

Malone was an assistant with Cleveland last year, but was promoted to interim coach after Paul Silas was fired with 18 games left. Malone went 8-10.

Malone was the first coach of the Raptors in 1995 and previously was an assistant with the Knicks, Pacers and Pistons.

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