LeBron sits out exhibition game against Boston

Cleveland Cavaliers: LeBron James sat out Cleveland's exhibition
game against the Celtics on Tuesday night as a precaution
after experiencing some pain in his left arm in the Cavaliers'
preseason opener a day earlier.

James strained his left pectoralis in Cleveland's 116-94 victory to
the Wizards on Monday night.

Team physician Dr. Richard Parker advised James to sit out
Tuesday's game. James is listed as day-to-day.

Dallas Mavericks: Forward Keith Van Horn left the
Mavericks' exhibition opener against the Sacramento Kings with a sprained right thumb.

Van Horn, a ninth-year NBA veteran acquired by Dallas last
winter, scored 12 points on 5-of-6 shooting before getting hurt in
the second half. He played 14 minutes as a reserve.

Philadelphia 76ers: Chris Webber sat out the 76ers'
preseason opener against the Rockets as a
precaution after he was hit in the thigh at practice a day earlier.

Webber left practice Monday after he was kneed in the thigh, and
coach Maurice Cheeks said he wanted to keep his All-Star forward
healthy during the preseason.

"We have some guys trying to make the team, anyway, so it gives
them other opportunities I'm sure they're looking forward to,"
Cheeks said.

Starting center Samuel Dalembert was held out of the game
against Houston with a strained quad. Dalembert missed the first
three days of training camp last week, then aggravated the injury
in Friday's scrimmage.

Steven Hunter and Michael Bradley started for the Sixers.

Sixers rookie forward Shavlik Randolph will miss another two to
four weeks with a stress fracture in his left foot. Randolph was
hurt in the first practice on the first day of camp and was
originally listed with a sprained left foot, including on Tuesday's
injury report.

Cheeks said before the game the injury was much more serious.

Seattle SuperSonics: The SuperSonics hired former Cleveland
coach Brendan Malone as a consultant.

A longtime NBA assistant, this will be Malone's second stint as
a consultant with Seattle. He held the same position in 1996 when
Seattle reached the NBA Finals.

Malone was an assistant with Cleveland last year, but was
promoted to interim coach after Paul Silas was fired with 18 games
left. Malone went 8-10.

Malone was the first coach of the Raptors in 1995 and
previously was an assistant with the Knicks, Pacers and Pistons.