Originally created 12/24/06

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Cavaliers: LeBron James is tired. He denies it publicly, but he has told friends around the league that his energy level is down.

This is apparent to anyone who watches the Cavaliers, especially on the road, where the team is 3-8.

James will go extended periods without moving to get the ball on offense, trying to catch a breath. He has always looked to pass out of the double-team and find the open man. But in the fourth quarter of tough games, he appears to do that even more than in the past.

"It's always something," James said. "People say I don't go out and win games. If I don't go out and take shots and we win, nothing is said."

Nets: Center Nenad Krstic will miss the rest of the season because of a torn knee ligament.

The 7-footer was hurt during the third quarter of Friday night's game against the Lakers. The team announced Saturday he had a tear of his anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

Krstic is averaging 16.4 points and 6.8 rebounds this season.


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