LeBron to miss regular-season finale, resting strained calf

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James heads to the bench during the first half of an NBA basketball game between the Miami Heat and the Cleveland Cavaliers, Monday, April 10, 2017, in Miami. James and Kyrie Irving were both held out of Cleveland's game at the Miami Heat. James was listed as having a right calf strain, and Irving has soreness in his surgically repaired left knee. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James will sit out Cleveland’s regular-season finale, resting a strained right calf in preparation for the playoffs.

James did not play in Monday’s loss at Miami and general manager David Griffin confirmed Tuesday the three-time NBA champion will also miss Wednesday’s game against Toronto.

The 32-year-old James has not played in the last regular-season game since 2007. He logged 47 minutes in Sunday’s overtime loss at Atlanta. James is attempting to reach the Finals for the seventh straight time.

The Cavaliers have prioritized health and rest over getting the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. The defending champions also sat All-Star guard Kyrie Irving against the Heat. He’s been bothered by soreness in his surgically repaired left knee.

Cleveland is also without center Tristan Thompson, who has a sprained right thumb.

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