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LeBron sent home from shootaround, game time decision

Jan 19, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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I’ll say it up front — he’ll play. Just watch.

LeBron James has been battling what was described as a “flu-like symptoms” for a few days now, and there were reports that if Dwyane Wade had been able to go against the Spurs Tuesday LeBron may not have.

Things have not gotten better. LeBron was sent home from the Heat’s morning shootaround due to the illness and is a game time decision for the showdown with the Lakers and Kobe Bryant.

There was no update on Dwyane Wade and his ankle sprain, which means not to expect him to play even though he officially is still day-to-day.

With no Wade, expect LeBron to go again. Which you might think is an advantage for the Lakers, but maybe you should ask the Spurs about that as LeBron took over the second half of that game as only the best player on the planet can. He finished with 33 and brought Miami back from 14 down to a 22-point win.

In the other locker room, Kobe is banged up but as long as the Lakers training staff can duct tape all his limbs on to his body he will play as well.

  1. pl4tinum514 - Jan 19, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    maybe it’s a staph infection

  2. bushido49ers - Jan 19, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    We are not the Spurs, Mr. Helin.

  3. jhncnnn - Jan 19, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    In what world is Lebron the greatest player on the planet? He is not even the best player on his team!! He is great at taking over games with nothing on the line! He buckles and fades in big game situations. He is a phenomenal athlete but his mental toughness is pathetic! If the Heat win a title, it will be because Wade was able to get them there.

  4. newyorkstatus - Jan 19, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    flu ? so pat riley says: go home get some rest…

    right.

    Pat is really saying: shoot lebron up with the best you have ms.betty and get him laced up. Jordan did it, and so will you Lebron. having a Flu doesnt fly in this league when you’re 2nd to kobe, better yet number 1 in the league

  5. mikeinthevine - Jan 19, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    The LeQuit saga continues…..

  6. omniusprime - Jan 19, 2012 at 6:40 PM

    Looks like Queen James is trying to gain sympathy with his fake flu symptoms so he has an excuse when Kobe whips him good tonight. If it were Kobe we never would have heard a word about it, he would have kept it to himself like the man he is. Sorry but Queen James will never be in the same class as Jordan and Bryant or any of the other true greats of the game. He’s nothing but a media hyped star with no real work ethic or true toughness. Kobe and the Lakers will win tonight!

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