Heat’s James misses practice, plans to play with ‘banged up’ shoulder
By Ben Golliver
Heat forward LeBron James doesn’t expect a hard fall and a sore right shoulder to cause him to miss time.
The NBA’s reigning MVP hit the hardwood during a Tuesday night loss to the Warriors. With roughly five minutes remaining in the second quarter and the score tied, James attacked the paint off the dribble and rose to elevate in traffic. Before he could shoot, James was knocked out of the air by Warriors forward David Lee, who was whistled for a flagrant foul for shoving him with two arms. James briefly writhed on the ground in pain before picking himself up and continuing to play. James finished with 31 points, five assists and three rebounds in 42 minutes against the Warriors.
The Sun-Sentinel reported that James was feeling sore even before the fall but he doesn’t expect to sit out.
“It’s sore,” James said. “It’s a little banged up. I kind of re-injured the shoulder. It’s been lingering throughout the season. That fall definitely didn’t help the cause.”
“I guess my body is able to recover faster than other guys,” James said. “I guess I got that Wolverine trait. As soon as I get stabbed or whatever the case may be, it just heals right up.”
The Heat will host the Wizards in Miami on Saturday night.
The Heat have had James for all 20 regular season games so far this season. Last year, he missed just four games last season, including a Jan. 5 win over the Hawks, which he sat out with an ankle sprain. The other three DNPs came during the regular season’s final week, as the Heat prepared for the playoffs.
James, 27, is averaging 25.5 points, 8.6 rebounds, 6.8 assists and 1.4 steals in 38.0 minutes per game this season. He ranked No. 2 on the Point Forward’s first quarter MVP list this week, trailing only Thunder forward Kevin Durant.