MILWAUKEE (AP) -- T.J. Ford scored 17 points in his first game in
over 1½ years to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a 91-89 exhibition win
Saturday night over the Cleveland Cavaliers, who played without
All-Star forward LeBron James.
Ford had been sidelined since suffering a spinal cord injury
during a game against Minnesota on Feb. 24, 2004. He missed the
first two preseason games with a sprained left index finger.
Ford started and had 12 points, two assists, three steals and
four turnovers before heading to the bench with 9:27 left in the
James, who didn't accompany the Cavs, missed his third
consecutive game after playing in the preseason opener. He was
released from the Cleveland Clinic on Friday morning following a
two-night stay because of a virus that caused severe pain in his
Team physicians initially thought James had a strained pectoral
muscle, but tests revealed that he has pleurisy, an inflammation of
the thin layers of tissue covering the lungs and chest cavity.
The 20-year-old is being treated with antibiotics and
anti-inflammatory medication, and the team said it expects James to
make a "quick, full recovery."
Andrew Bogut, the first pick in the 2005 NBA draft, had 10
points and three rebounds all in the first half in his home debut.