LeBron James says he is ‘probable’ against Bulls on Sunday
LeBron James missed practice Saturday, and said he is a game-time decision to play Sunday against the Chicago Bulls.
He broke his nose Thursday when he was inadvertently struck in the face by Serge Ibaka midway through the fourth quarter against the Oklahoma City Thunder. James underwent surgery Friday to repair his broken nose.
The team confirmed James cleared the league’s standard protocol to rule out a concussion, according to ESPN. From ESPN’s report:
“It’s a little bit of everything — pain, headaches,” James said. “Hopefully it’ll get better the next couple of days, hopefully it gets better the next day. But if not, I’m not going to rush it. I feel better today than when it happened. I’m not bleeding. I’m a game-time decision, more probable than anything.”
James said he has not yet been fitted for a protective mask, but was expecting to sort through some options later Saturday. He said he still has the mask he wore during his rookie season a decade ago when he fractured his cheekbone while playing with the Cleveland Cavaliers. James said his wife, who was back in their Ohio home, just happened to find the mask on Friday.
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said the team would continue to evaluate James on a daily basis until he feels prepared to play again. If he sits out Sunday, Miami could use Michael Beasley, who started at small forward when James missed one game in Portland. Veteran Rashard Lewis could also be an option.