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LeBron practices, says he ‘should be fine’ to play Thursday vs. Knicks

Feb 25, 2014, 3:29 PM EDT

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The Knicks can’t seem to catch a break this season, and it doesn’t look like their luck is about to change in time for Thursday’s contest in Miami against the Heat.

LeBron James missed his team’s win over the Bulls on Sunday with a broken nose, but practiced with the Heat on Tuesday, albeit only participating in the non-contact portions.

He is optimistic, however, about making his return to the lineup for a home game against New York that will be nationally televised.

From Michael Wallace of

James was off limits during the Heat’s full-contact portions of scrimmage work, so he did not wear a protective mask. But he said he’s been fitted for one and will wear it in games the next few weeks.

“Every day is better,” James said. “It’s getting better, but I haven’t been hit on it, either. It’s too soon, but I think I should be fine enough to go on Thursday. It’s only Tuesday, so we’ve got a lot of time.” …

Having worn a mask earlier in his career to protect a broken cheekbone, James said he’s familiar with the discomfort playing with the contraption on his face.

“It’s a difficult challenge … it feels like something, someone has a hand constantly in your face,” James said. “It’s like an added defender you don’t want.”

It may be a challenge playing with a mask, but James didn’t seem too affected by it the last time he was in that situation.

The Heat are 2-0 without James in the lineup this season, so the Knicks may have more trouble on the horizon regardless of whether or not the reigning MVP takes the floor.

  1. southbeachtalent - Feb 25, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    He should rest, what’s the point.

    • thatguy517 - Feb 25, 2014 at 3:59 PM

      Yeah they don’t play a good team until a week from tonight. The next 3 games are the Knicks, Magic and Bobcats.

    • turnmymicup - Feb 26, 2014 at 10:01 AM

      Agreed. He’ll probably play with limited minutes. No reason for Spoelstra to play him as much as usual.

  2. antistratfordian - Feb 25, 2014 at 4:02 PM

    Good. Now, since LeBron is talking about how difficult it is dealing with the mask, except him to go off on Thursday.

    • spthegr8 - Feb 25, 2014 at 4:54 PM

      ^^^^^ SLUUUUUUUUURP ^^^^^

      • turnmymicup - Feb 26, 2014 at 10:03 AM


  3. sdelmonte - Feb 25, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    I got a wacky idea. Let’s just concede that the Heat win this under any circumstance and play an exhibition game. With LBJ joining the short-handed, under-talented Knicks for the night. Just to see if he could actually make them better.

    • southbeachtalent - Feb 25, 2014 at 4:50 PM

      That would be entertaining!

    • antistratfordian - Feb 25, 2014 at 5:32 PM

      The Knicks would win.

  4. cantonbound13 - Feb 25, 2014 at 5:02 PM


  5. jtbsteeler - Feb 26, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    Knicks own the Heat in the regular season…

    • turnmymicup - Feb 26, 2014 at 10:18 AM

      Irrelevant. Last time I checked Championships are won in the Playoffs.

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