You’re getting old.
The 30-year-old LeBron James, who left the Cavaliers’ Christmas Day loss to the Heat after jumping into the stands for a loose ball, returned in that game and played in Cleveland’s next two contests (a win over the Magic and loss to the Pistons). But he hasn’t completely healed.
Ethan Skolnick of Bleacher Report:
Losing LeBron obviously affects the Cavaliers greatly. (Relax, I mean just for this game.)
The 22-8 Hawks have played much better than Cleveland this season, but the Cavaliers’ biggest problem has been making all the supersized pieces fit. Don’t be surprised if removing LeBron from the puzzle, although lowering their upside, makes them a little better for a night.