LeBron James scores 17 in new-look Cavs’ preseason loss to Bulls
After missing Cleveland’s first three games of the preseason with a sprained left ankle, LeBron James made his debut Tuesday in the Cavaliers’ 108-94 loss to the Chicago Bulls.
James, who had been sidelined for nearly two weeks after stepping on rookie teammate Cedi Osman’s foot on the second day of training camp, tallied 17 points in the loss.
The first was Scottie Upshall’s short-handed semi-breakaway eight minutes into the second, and the other was Schwartz’s drive from the left circle with 8:51 left, both of which were stopped by Lundqvist.
After their worst season since moving to Denver in 1995, the Colorado Avalanche have started this campaign winning two of their first three on the road.
The team isn’t getting overly excited. After all, Colorado started 2016-17 with a 3-1-0 record before losing 59 of their last 78 games.
The difference this year could be a healthy Semyon Varlamov. The Russian goaltender, coming off double hip surgery in January, is 2-0, including a 4-0 shutout of the Boston Bruins on Monday afternoon. They will likely get a shot at revenge on Varlamov when the teams meet Wednesday night for Colorado’s home opener.
If Varlamov plays close to how he did in Boston, the Avalanche have a great chance to match last year’s quick start.
“Do I think that certain owners have blocked teams from visits or interest? I do, I do believe that,” Schefter said on ESPN Radio’s “Mike and Mike” show. “And I think that there has been more interest in him from the coaching and front office level than there has been at the ownership level. So it was always going to take a unique opportunity for him to be brought in, in the right place, at the right spot, at the right time.”