NBA: James nursing sore ankle, could miss Pacers clash

AFP| Updated: Dec 18, 2013, 22:49 PM IST

Miami: Miami superstar LeBron James is nursing a sore left ankle and could miss the NBA champion Heat`s Wednesday showdown with current Eastern Conference leaders Indiana on Wednesday.

James missed practice on Tuesday after he was hurt in Monday`s 117-94 victory over the Utah Jazz.

"It`s a little sore," said James on Tuesday. "I`m getting around-the-clock treatment and we`ll play it by ear."

James twisted his left ankle in the third quarter, losing his balance while making a move against guard Brandon Rush.

Despite the injury he continued to play and finished with 30 points, nine rebounds and nine assists.

"I`ve been here before," James said after the game. I`m day-to-day and we`ll see what happens."

Team-mate Chris Bosh didn`t seem too worried.

"He does this once a year, and this is his time, usually December," Bosh said. "Got that out of the way."

Coach Erik Spoelstra said he`d assess James`s fitness on Wednesday.

"He`s getting a lot of treatment today and a lot of rest," Spoelstra said. "We`ll see how he feels tomorrow."

James is averaging 25.3 points, 6.8 rebounds and 6.5 assists this season for the Heat, who are 18-6 and lead the Southeast Division.

Central Division-leading Indiana is an Eastern Conference-best 20-4.