Miami Heat’s LeBron James is a game-time decision for Wednesday night’s matchup – the second of four – against the Eastern Conference-leading Indiana Pacers.
The Heat forward sprained his ankle in Monday’s victory against the Utah Jazz and did not participate in Wednesday’s shootaround, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reports.
LeBron James (ankle) did not take part in shootaround. He will be a gametime decision tonight vs. Pacers.— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) December 18, 2013
Windhorst also reports that Miami forward Michael Beasley, who has missed five games with a strained left hamstring, and center Greg Oden are not expected to play.
Michael Beasley (hamstring) & just in case anyone is wondering Greg Oden (knee) did not practice & not expected to play.— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) December 18, 2013
For the Pacers, Coach Frank Vogel is questionable to be on the sideline due to an illness, according to ESPN’s SportsCenter.
THIS JUST IN: Pacers coach Frank Vogel is sick and questionable to be on the sideline tonight for team’s game vs Heat.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 18, 2013
Indiana (20-4) won its first meeting with Miami (18-6) last week at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, behind center Roy Hibbert’s 24 points. James was limited to 17 points in the game, the only time this month he did not score more than 20 points.
The Pacers have won four of the last five regular season matchups, but haven’t won in Miami since Nov. 2010. The teams won’t meet again until March.
WHEN: Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. EST
WHERE: AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami