'Coach's decision' sits LeBron vs. Bucks

Updated: March 7, 2010, 12:46 AM ET
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MILWAUKEE -- LeBron James got a night off for the first time this season.

Cavaliers coach Mike Brown said sitting his superstar was "just a coach's decision" to keep him out of Cleveland's loss to Milwaukee on Saturday night.

James had 40 points and 13 rebounds in a 99-92 victory over the Pistons on Friday night, but also turned his right ankle slightly. Brown said his decision had "nothing" to do with the injury and James could play if needed.

But after the game, Brown said that James, who didn't appear to be 100 percent, might also sit against San Antonio on Monday.

"He's logged a lot of minutes. If you don't include this game, we play one game in a week," Brown said. "For me, this is a great opportunity to rest him and a great opportunity for some other guys to have an opportunity to step up."

While he blew bubbles and joked with teammates on the bench, he was clearly limping as he walked to the bench in the first quarter and again to the locker room at the half.

James didn't speak to reporters after the game, but was smiling and joking in the locker room, telling teammates that he'd see them on the bus before he left.

James has led the Cavs in scoring in their last 16 straight games and is leading the NBA, averaging 30 points a game this season.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report

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