Wear and tear on knee, back sidelines Cavs' James for 2 weeks

– LeBron James' homecoming season has hit a hurdle.

The Cavaliers superstar is expected to miss at least the next two weeks because of injuries to his left knee and back, disgnosed as strains.

The team said Thursday that James will be treated with "anti-inflammatories, rehabilitation, training room treatments and rest." If he's out for the projected two weeks, James will be back for a Jan. 15 game in Los Angeles against the Lakers. The Cavs (18-14) begin a five-game West Coast trip on Jan. 9. They play the Wolves at Target Center on Jan. 31.

James, who turned 30 on Dec. 30, acknowledged his knee has been hurting all year. He also acknowledged that 11 NBA seasons have taken a toll on his body. "I've got 41,000 minutes on me, including the playoffs," he joked.

HIGHLIGHTS

•THE VOTE IS OUT: James is the early overall leader in All-Star voting, with 775,810 votes at the Eastern Conference forward spot. Golden State guard Steph Curry leads Western Conference voting with his 755,486. The other Eastern leaders are Chicago's Pau Gasol and New York's Carmelo Anthony in the East frontcourt, with Washington's John Wall and Miami's Dwyane Wade leading the guards. Kobe Bryant is second to Curry in the West backcourt. The frontcourt is led by the New Orleans' Anthony Davis, the Los Angeles Clippers' Blake Griffin and Memphis center Marc Gasol.

•ROSE RISES IN THE 4TH: Derrick Rose scored 13 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter, and the Chicago Bulls beat the Denver Nuggets 106-101 in Chicago. The late surge by Rose lifted the Bulls to their 11th win in 13 games. The 2011 NBA MVP missed his first eight shots, including all seven in a scoreless first half.

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