LeBron sits vs. Golden State, listed as day-to-day

Updated: January 31, 2007, 10:51 AM ET
Associated Press

CLEVELAND -- The Cavaliers put their foot down and told LeBron James to rest his sore toe.

Life without LeBron
LeBron James

The Cavs are not the same team when LeBron James is not in the lineup. Well, it's not what you might be thinking. Counting Tuesday's win over the Warriors, Cleveland is 8-2 in games James has missed since joining the team in 2003. A closer look inside the numbers:

  With LeBron Without LeBron
PPG 95.6 99.6
Opp. PPG 95.5 93.0
FG Pct. 44.0 42.9
RPG 43.3 44.9
Opp. RPG 40.4 36.2
Source: Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.

The All-Star forward was advised by the club's medical staff to rest his sprained right big toe and he was inactive for the Cavaliers' game Tuesday night against Golden State.

The Cavs probably don't want him to miss too many games, but they do pretty well without him. Sasha Pavlovic started for James and scored 24 points -- 15 in the first half -- as Cleveland crushed the Warriors 124-97.

The Cavs are now 8-2 in games that James has missed with injuries since 2003.

James got hurt during a Jan. 19 game at Denver and he has aggravated the injury by playing in four games since. He 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.

On Monday, James said he was contemplating sitting out a few games to get his toe fully healed. After being advised by team doctors, coach Mike Brown said the club decided to take the decision to play or not out of James' hands.

"Any time you have a player like that you worry about him trying to do too much," Brown said. "At times you just have to tell him, 'No.' If that's the best thing for him long term and the team, so be it."

James is listed as day-to-day on the team's injury report and Brown said it's too early to rule him out of any upcoming games.

"If it was a playoff game, we'd suit him up," Brown said.

James was not available for comment before the game. On Monday, he said the injury had been nagging him.

"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.

With the Cavaliers in a slump -- they've dropped seven of 10 -- Brown shook up his lineup by replacing point guard Eric Snow with rookie Daniel Gibson.

Snow had started 139 straight games dating to the end of the 2004-05 season, and although he wasn't happy with the decision, he promised to support Gibson.

"My job all along has been to try and get him ready," Snow said. "It's fortunate for him and unfortunate for me. In no way, shape or form am I going to do anything but try to help this team win."

Brown has been searching from more production at the point, and feels now is the time to see if Gibson can provide some.

"It's about out time to shake it up a little bit," he said. "Daniel's played well offensively and he's played well defensively. It will be good to get him a look."

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