Yesterday's game was even more perplexing after they squandered a 26-point fourth quarter in Atlanta.
Also listed on Cleveland's injury report is forward Kevin Love as questionable with an unspecified illness.
The Miami Heat's season - full of twists and turns and one of the most unbelievable second-half turnarounds in National Basketball Association history - still has a pulse.
The Heat are now tied with the Chicago Bulls for the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference.
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said he didn't try to keep track of what the Bulls and Pacers were doing yesterday. "It was unbelievable. Still made some mistakes defensively down the stretch that hurt us".
That, and get some assistance. For Miami to reach the postseason - a near-impossibility after its 11-30 start - either IN or Chicago must lose. IN plays in Philadelphia on Monday and hosts Atlanta on Wednesday. "No matter what happened with those game if we didn't win our game".
Hassan Whiteside had a double-double of 23 points and 18 rebounds for the Heat.
The 32-year-old James has not played in the last regular-season game since 2007.
No TT: Tristan Thompson sat out for the third-straight game after spraining his thumb. He's been bothered by soreness in his surgically repaired left knee.
Kevin Love came up with 25 points, while Channing Frye added 21.
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According to Cleveland.com, the team waived the guard on Sunday afternoon.
The Cavs had an opportunity to tie the ball game at 124 with the last possession of overtime, too.
After blowing a big lead on Sunday to the Hawks, can the Cleveland Cavaliers bounce back tonight when they travel to face the Miami Heat at 7:30PM ET?
BULLS 122, MAGIC 75: Emergency starter Jerian Grant had 17 points and a career-high 11 assists, and Chicago routed visiting Orlando to move closer to a postseason berth.
"Whether we're the 1 seed or the 2 seed, it's going to be tough this year", Lue said.
Cavaliers: If history holds, James won't play Wednesday.
There are plenty of variables that remain in place for the East playoff pictures with just two days remaining in the regular season.
Their starting center, Tristan Thompson, is now sidelined with a sprained right thumb, but he should return to the lineup soon. James Harden shot two of nine for 14 points, well under his 29.3 average. Miami had a 20-6 edge in second chance points and an 8-0 edge in fast break points. He played great defense and brought an ability to space the floor, which helped Cleveland win the title. "It's over", Lue said.
Cavaliers: Host Toronto on Wednesday, the last tuneup before the playoffs start.
The Heat needs to win their final two games - home tilts with the Cavs and the Washington Wizards (on Wednesday).