Cavs, Raps sit big guns

Chris Bosh crosses his fingers in the closing seconds in the second half of action between the...

Chris Bosh crosses his fingers in the closing seconds in the second half of action between the Toronto Raptors and the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Air Canada Centre November 30th, 2007. (Sun Media/Dave Abel)

MIKE GANTER

, Last Updated: 9:56 AM ET

There was no Chris Bosh and no LeBron James but the game still went on.

Both teams opted last night not to push matters, sitting down their biggest stars after they both suffered injuries earlier in the week.

For the Raptors, Bosh's absence was not a big surprise. He tweaked his groin in practice on Tuesday, started Wednesday's game but had to come out midway through the first half.

Groin injuries are not the type of injury you try to play through. Certainly not in the early stages of an 82-game season.

With Bosh out, the Raptors moved Andrea Bargnani back into the starting lineup.

The James decision was a little more of a surprise considering it was a sprained left index finger.

That finger sprain would not affect his shot, a fact which left many expecting him to play.

Not having to play the Cavaliers with LeBron James in the lineup would be everyone's idea of an early Christmas present, but the Cavs' history does not back that up.

According to a Cavaliers spokesperson, the Cavs own an impressive 9-3 record when LeBron is not in the lineup.

Of course, none of that record has been compiled this year or with the Cavs as banged up as they are right now.

They will be without Donyell Marshall and Larry Hughes in addition to James.

There also is the rather large hole left by holdout forward Anderson Varejao.

The Cavs inserted Devin Brown into the starting lineup last night with James out. Brown has not started a game this year and is averaging 6.9 points a game compared to the league-leading 30.7 James had been providing on a nightly basis.


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