LeBron to return vs. Pacers

Dec 12, 2007 - 12:01 AM CLEVELAND (Ticker) -- The Cleveland Cavaliers have not won a game without LeBron James, but they will have the superstar forward available for Tuesday's contest against the Indiana Pacers.

While James will not start, he is in uniform and is expected to come off the bench for the first time in his career.

James has missed Cleveland's last five games with a sprained left index finger - a stretch in which the Cavaliers have gone 0-5.

He told the Cleveland Plain Dealer that he is itching to get back on the floor.

"I think they're looking forward to me hopefully ... coming back (Tuesday)," James said.

James suffered the injury against the Detroit Pistons on November 28, when he was fouled hard by Nazr Mohammed in the second quarter of a 109-74 loss.

The Cavs have averaged just 82.0 points without the high-flying James in the lineup, losing each contest by an average margin of 12.4 points.

James, who turns 23 later this month, is averaging a league-leading 30.7 points, 7.6 rebounds and 8.1 assists in 16 games this season.






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