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Zeller (hip) said he expects to be back Monday for a Martin Luther King Day matinee against the Knicks. “Yes definitely hopeful. We’ll see what happens [Sunday] morning,” Zeller said. “It’s nothing major. It’s just a lot of soreness, trying to move, not moving the way I want to. I just needed a day to hopefully get it to all calm down and I’ll be back soon. “I probably did something awhile back but it’s become worse. I was hoping over time it’d go away, and over time it’s kind of built.”

Zeller has not played since Dec. 29 as a result of an illness that remained a mystery to both him and doctors for quite some time. The illness was eventually determined to be an issue with his inner-ear, which he said resulted in his balance being thrown off and him feeling “a little out of it” over the past three-plus weeks. Zeller fully participated in Monday’s practice and Tuesday morning’s shootaround with no issues, which gave him confidence to return to the lineup tonight. “I felt good,” he said Tuesday morning of his participation in practice. “I felt as good as I could.”
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March 18, 2018 | 2:14 pm EDT Update
Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue left Saturday night’s 114-109 win against the Bulls with an illness, marking the third time this season that his health has kept him from coaching an entire game. With the Cavs leading 69-52 at halftime, Lue remained in the locker room and handed the coaching duties to associate head coach Larry Drew. “I’m not sure exactly what it is,” Drew said when asked about Lue’s condition after the game. “I just know that before coming out in the second half, he wasn’t feeling well. And I thought that there was a chance that he would [eventually] come out, but he just wasn’t well enough to come out, so we had to just go on.”
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LeBron James, who notched his 15th triple-double of the season and 70th of his career (33 points, 12 rebounds, 12 assists) was asked whether Lue’s health has affected the Cavs this season. “I mean, he’s the captain of the ship, so absolutely,” James said. “We worry about his health, obviously. That’s way more important than this game of basketball. We know he’s been doing everything he needs to do to stay healthy. Take even more measures to get himself right. Everything that’s been going on with our year, it’s just another one.”
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James added that he and his teammates are prepared to stay the course when Lue is not feeling well. “It doesn’t catch us off-guard because he’s been dealing with it for so long now,” James said. “But any time he doesn’t come back to the bench, it’s just an alarm going off, obviously. Like I said, his health is more important. He’s not going to talk about it, so I don’t want to talk about it no more either. That’s just how he is, and I don’t want to get too much into it.”
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