LeBron James could be on the bench when the East’s top two teams, the Indiana Pacers and the Miami Heat, play each other Wednesday night.
The Heat star sat out practice on Tuesday with a sprained left ankle and is questionable for Wednesday, according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst.
LeBron said left ankle ″very stiff, very sore” after sprain last night. He’s questionable for tomorrow.— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) December 17, 2013
James limped off the court late in third quarter in Monday’s game against the Utah Jazz, but returned in the fourth quarter to finish with 30 points, nine rebounds and nine assists in Miami’s 117-94 victory.
The injury occurred when the Heat forward shifted directions to make a move toward the basket in the open court and tripped over his own foot.
“It can’t get no worse by playing,” James said when asked why he decided to come back in the fourth quarter (via ESPN). “It gets worse if you sit there and you let it get stiff. That’s when it gets worse. I was excited I could go back out there and make some plays, finish the game off.”
James is averaging 25.3 points, 6.8 rebounds and 6.5 assists in 35.5 minutes per game in leading the defending NBA champions to a 18-6 record.
Only James and backup point guard Norris Cole have played in every Heat game this season.