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LeBron James says he is day-to-day with sprained ankle


In the fourth quarter of the Heat’s loss to the Clippers — yes, the Heat lost to the Clippers, you read that right — LeBron James attacked the basket and after a missed layup rolled his ankle as he landed and he tried to keep weight off it as he ended up 10 feet off the court.

James limped back into to the corner beyond the three-point line, got the ball on a pass he probably didn’t want, realized he couldn’t drive on the gimpy ankle so took a leaning, contested three. And drained it.

He played the rest of the game on the ankle, but how it feels Thursday morning will determine if he goes Thursday night against the Nuggets in Denver.

“There’s no damage,” James said. “I got an X-ray after the game and the doc told me I’m day-to-day, so we’ll see how it feels tomorrow when I wake up….

“I’ll definitely be smart about the situation and our training staff will be. My teammates will definitely tell me to be smart about it. I don’t have to be a hero in the regular season if I’m not up close to 100 percent. So we’ll see how I feel in the morning and go from there.”

In case you were at all worried, LeBron James looks just fine

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The Miami Heat have been racking up injuries this preseason like an NFL team so far, including LeBron James missing some time with a tight hamstring.

If you were worried that hamstring was going to linger, worry no more — James moved well, had his jumper going and had 33 points on 10 of 17. He was 5 of 10 from the outside (although his first jumper was an air ball).

James told ESPN’s Heat Index that he felt good.

“I felt really good,” LeBron admitted. “I got some work in today, and even though I felt confident about my leg going in, I had to test it in game-type situations.”

That doesn’t mean the Heat are injury free by a longshot. Mike Miller tweaked his ankle in the first quarter but tried to play on it, then in the second half aggravated it again and had to come out of this game. No word yet on how serious this is but he likely will miss at least a few days at least.

Dwyane Wade is reportedly moving well and feeling 100 percent, but he was not in the building. He is still in Chicago testifying in his child custody case.

Point guard Mario Chalmers remains out with high ankle sprain, however, point guard Carlos Arroyo did return from injury to play 22 minutes Monday.

By the way, the Bobcats won the game 102-96.

LeBron leaves game in third quarter with leg cramps; will sit Wednesday


That noise you heard around 9:30 tonight was just the sigh of relief coming from Miami.

James left the Heat’s game against CSKA Moscow with 3:21 left in the third quarter showing a pronounced limp. He went back to the locker room and word spread that it was a hamstring injury (the same thing that has Dwyane Wade in civilian clothes right now, really expensive civilian clothes at that).

But the Heat later reported that it was nothing more than cramps and LeBron James is fine, something supported by a tweet from our man Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel. Despite it being nothing, LeBron will rest tomorrow night when the Heat take on the Hornets.

LeBron said after the game that he could be ready tomorrow. However, since this is preseason, what is the point? He will travel with the team (don’t think that’s just to see his buddy Chris Paul, nope, that’s not it at all).

James had 22 points in 26 minutes to start the game. Right now, with Wade resting and the ball more in LeBron’s hands, the Heat resemble more of last year’s Cavaliers offensively than whatever the team will become with Wade in the lineup.

Wade remains sidelined with his hamstring injury. Although he is doing well the Heat are taking no chances, it will likely be late next week before we see him back in a game.

The Heat may be giving their key players more run than other contenders such as the Lakers or Celtics, but that is because the Heat need to build up the chemistry those teams already have. However, they may have to consider pulling back.

CSKA Moscow — a traditional EuroLeague power — led most of the first half and it wasn’t until the final minutes until the Heat pulled away for the win. Former Duke star Trajan Langdon led Moscow with 20 points.

LeBron's elbow to have another MRI, tweet about it


LeBron James’ is having a second MRI on his elbow, and there is nothing funny about that.

Unless you’re reading LeBron’s elbow’s twitter account. Seriously.

First the news part of this post, because how can you have any pudding if you don’t eat your meat? LeBron is having a second MRI on his elbow today (Wednesday), according to the Plain Dealer.

It will be the second MRI James has had on the elbow. Last week, after the first-round series against Chicago was over but before the semifinals started, James had an MRI and was diagnosed with a strain and a bone bruise in the elbow…

Cavs point guard Mo Williams said: “He’s fine. He doesn’t want to talk about the injury. He doesn’t want to hear about it. He doesn’t make excuses. He does what he has to do to get himself prepared to play. He’s going to play.”

Cavs fans are not laughing about this after a tentative LeBron — with no help from his supporting cast — got routed by Boston in game two.

Well, the ones who follow LeBron’s elbow’s twitter account are laughing.

Yes, LeBron’s elbow has a twitter account and a Facebook page (and if you have to ask if it’s official you really need to learn the ways of the world). And it’s funny. Some samplings heading into today’s MRI

MRI at the clinic. Great. Terrific. Just keep the radiation coming. When my first child is born it’s going to have 7 nipples and a mustache.

Just saw the shoutout from Mike Brown today… He’s a good dude. I bumped into his elbow once and it told me to get back on D.

In the training room getting “loosened up”. Lot of rubbing and oil involved. I’ll be shocked if I make out here without getting pregnant.

NBA Playoffs Cavs Celtics Game 1: Elbow this


Thumbnail image for Williams_Pierce.jpgEverything was going so well for Boston. Shaq missing chippies. Rajon Rondo dominating. Kendrick Perkins protecting inside. Kevin Garnett playing as well as he has this season. A lead, in Cleveland, and just a quarter and a half to close. Plus, LeBron’s elbow was making him timid.

Elbow this.

(Click here to see PBT’s first half analysis.)

Following  a Mo Williams posterization of Paul Pierce in the third quarter, the Celtics were never the same. The Cavs went on to outscore 58-39 in the second half and win Game 1 in Cleveland 101-93 to take a 1-0 series lead in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. And with the game hanging in the balance, LeBron James did what makes him LeBron James, and the MVP. Whether you believe he was injured or not, and some people in Boston do not think so, James’ performance down the stretch was sublime.

James drove inside past multiple defenders, forced the issue, and when the call didn’t come, collected his own offensive rebound and scored the putback. James followed it up with a dagger pull-up three that ended any doubt of the outcome. James didn’t settle for a pull-up crossover mid-range jumper when he needed to drive, and with the surge of momentum, he buried the Celtics in a game they are going to wonder how they managed to drop it. This after a first half in which he took only two jump shots and seemed considerably intimidated by the bruised and strained elbow he’s currently dealing with, and which he had wrapped in a more heavily padded sleeve tonight.

The Celtics played superbly for two and a half quarters, and then following the Mo Williams dunk, everything changed. Williams went nova, nailing threes and jumpers and leaners, playing from mid-range how Rondo had played previously. Rondo, saddled with four fouls, was sent to the bench, and the ensuing lack of focus from the C’s allowed the run to get the Celtics back in the driver’s seat.

Going forward, there are tons of questions on both sides. The Cavs can’t expect to win this series if Rajon Rondo is going to carve them up like he did for most of the game. Rondo was able to get to the basket whenever he wanted, and often he simply drew the defense in and made smart pass after smart pass. 27 points, 12 assists, and 6 rebounds for Rondo, in a loss? That’s crushing. But it also means that the Cavs are going to have to do some serious work on how they’re going to contain him, because winning with Rondo doing that is unlikely again.

They’re also going to have to look at how to better defend Kevin Garnett. Garnett’s 9-20 line could very easily have been 11-20 or better, and he was able to move around Anderson Varejao and over Antawn Jamison. They’ll need to consider a double in certain situations and when it’s an acceptable risk (read: when Ray Allen is not in the game).

For the Celtics? Where to begin?

James… what are you going to do? If he just dropped 35, 7, 7, 3, and 2 with an injured elbow, it may take an act of God to stop him, and at this point, we’re not sure that’ll do the trick. But they can’t allow Mo Williams to take over a game like that. Tony Allen needs more time if Rondo is in foul trouble, but really, Rondo can’t get in foul trouble. The Celtics had this game and they let it get out of hand. They simply ran out of the extra effort down the stretch. For two and a half quarters, they looked like all that old talk was silly. At the end, they looked more like a Weezer than the dudes that sing “Island in the Sun” (hey-hey).

Additionally, Shaquille O’Neal’s putback down low late in the game showed that by resting O’Neal, they were able to wear out the C’s to a point where Shaq’s size made an impact. The Celtics are going to need more from Shelden Williams and Rasheed Wallace to prevent that from happening. And don’t even get us started on Paul Pierce’s defense down the stretch, which allowed the James three among other plays.

So now both teams will make adjustments, James’ elbow will heal a bit more, and the Celtics will try to move on from a huge opportunity that got away.