When the Cleveland Cavaliers visit the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday to open the NBA season, the defending Eastern Conference champion should have its best player on the floor.
There were reports Friday that LeBron James' status for the season opener was still in doubt and that he was not practicing. But according to Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears, the Cavs expect James to be ready on Tuesday, even though he is experiencing issues with his back:
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Cavs coach David Blatt had expressed his confidence that James would play earlier in the week, saying he would "absolutely" play. Cavaliers general manager David Griffin told reporters that he didn't think there was any reason James would miss Tuesday's game, according to the Associated Press, while allowing that the Cavs would be fine if their star needed to rest:
The Cavs' opening-night opponent, the Bulls, also have injury concerns. Point guard Derrick Rose made his preseason debut on Friday after suffering a broken orbital bone in Chicago's very first practice of the season. Joakim Noah, meanwhile, will reportedly come off the bench for the Bulls after starting in 275 of his past 277 regular-season games.