LeBron in doubt for Cavs opener

Brooklyn Nets’ guard Jeremy Lin (L) passes the ball as Philadelphia 76ers’ guards Ben Simmons (R) and JJ Redick defend during their preseason NBA game in Uniondale Wednesday. — AP

WASHINGTON — Four-time NBA Most Valuable Player LeBron James will not play in Cleveland’s last pre-season game and is questionable for Tuesday’s season opener against Boston, Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said Wednesday.

James awoke with a sore left ankle after scoring 17 points in his first pre-season appearance, a 108-94 loss to Chicago, and Lue declared he would not practice Thursday or play Friday in the exhibition against Orlando.

The 32-year-old playmaker, who led the Cavs to their first NBA crown in 2016, missed most pre-season workouts and three pre-season contests with a left ankle sprain suffered on September 27.

James said after the pre-season loss to Chicago that the game was a test to see how his ankle was recovering from the injury.

Dragic getting ready

Goran Dragic usually needs to play in preseason games to get ready for the season.

This year, the Miami point guard needed to not play.

It has been a preseason like none other for Dragic, who spent his summer carrying his native Slovenia to its first European championship and winning MVP honors at that tournament. But it also meant Dragic came back to Miami late last month worn down by the physically and mentally spent from the grind of that tournament, so Heat coach Erik Spoelstra decided to basically not use his starter for most of the preseason.

Dragic didn’t like the idea at first. He knows now that it was the right move.

“I feel like my head is clearing,” Dragic said Wednesday before sitting out Miami’s home preseason game against the Washington Wizards.

Wednesday’s preseason games

Celtics 108, Hornets 100

Kyrie Irving had 16 points and 10 assists, Al Horford added 15 points and eight rebounds and Boston wrapped up an unbeaten preseason.

Rookie Malik Monk scored 21 points to lead the Hornets, shooting 4 for 9 from 3-point range. Dwight Howard had 12 points and six rebounds in his first home game.

Jaylen Brown showed he can defend multiple positions, blocking point guard Kemba Walker and forward Marvin Williams on back-to-back possessions. Gordon Hayward had 13 points.

Rookie Dwayne Bacon went 4 for 4 on 3-pointers, accounting for all 12 of his points.

Heat 117, Wizards 115

Jordan Mickey’s 3-pointer with 1.3 seconds left gave Miami the win.

Bam Adebayo scored 15 points, Tyler Johnson scored 14 and Josh Richardson had 13 for the Heat.

Jason Smith scored 20 points on 7 for 8 shooting, and John Wall finished with 16 points and eight assists for Washington. Kelly Oubre Jr. had a strong game, with 10 points and 14 rebounds.

Bradley Beal scored 15, Mike Scott had 13 and Otto Porter Jr. scored 11 for Washington, which led by as many as 13 and never trailed by more than three.

76ers 133, Nets 114

Dario Saric scored 26 points and Joel Embiid, playing for the first time since agreeing to his $148 million extension, added 22 as Philadelphia got its first win of the preseason.

D’Angelo Russell scored 24 for Brooklyn in its preseason finale.

J.J. Redick had 18 points for Philadelphia, which held a 52-37 rebounding edge.

Caris Levert scored 16 and Jeremy Lin added 14 for the Nets, who led by 10 early — then got outscored by 35 points over the rest of the half, and eventually trailed by 36.

Rockets 101, Grizzlies 89

James Harden shot only 2 for 13, missing all eight of his 3-point tries, but scored 18 points to lead Houston.

Trevor Ariza had 16 and Clint Capela added 15 for Houston. Andrew Harrison led Memphis with 17 points.

Chris Paul returned from right shoulder soreness, and shot 3 for 12. The Rockets were 14 of 45 from 3-point range, with Eric Gordon alone going 2 for 12.

Mario Chalmers and Marc Gasol each scored 12 points.

Trail Blazers 113, Suns 104

Portland’s Caleb Swanigan and Phoenix’s Alex Len were ejected in the fourth quarter after a scuffle.

Meyers Leonard made his first five 3-point tries and finished with 17 points for Portland. Josh Jackson had 22 and Mike James added 19 for Portland.

Starting guards CJ McCollum and Damian Lillard combined for 23 points on 9 for 28 shooting. Ed Davis grabbed 12 rebounds in 17 minutes.

Marquese Chriss had 13 points and 12 rebounds. — Agencies