NBA: LeBron rests again as Cavaliers await playoffs
CLEVELAND — LeBron James is missing his third straight game for the Cleveland Cavaliers, who are putting rest ahead of their record as the NBA playoffs near.
Coach Mike Brown decided to sit James and starting forward Anthony Parker for the team's home finale today against Orlando. Brown also might keep James out of the lineup Wednesday night when the Cavs close their regular season at Atlanta. Cleveland has the league's best record at 61-19.
Brown adds that center Shaquille O'Neal has not yet received medical clearance to play. O'Neal has been out since tearing a thumb ligament Feb. 25 and the team was hoping he might return before the postseason.
Mo Williams and Antawn Jamison were expected to play against the Magic after sitting one game.