LeBron James expected to play Thursday against Knicks

Sam Spiegelman

The road continues to get tougher for the New York Knicks as LeBron James is expected to play Thursday when the team travels to Miami to take on the defending champions.

James, who broke his nose last week, is expected to be in the lineup and rock a protective mask over his face. James has missed the last week of action, though the Heat were able to cruise past the Chicago Bulls without him on Sunday and move to 2-0 without him in uniform.

James’ nose was reset on Friday and he’s still experiencing blockages in his nasal passages, but he said he is no longer having headaches. The defending MVP participated in non-contact drills Tuesday but has not yet been cleared for contact.

In his career, James has averaged 27.9 points per game against the Knicks. This season, he’s averaged 31 points per game in two meetings at Madison Square Garden.

22 comments
bigdishing
bigdishing

Here is an excellent article about the difference between Heat and Knicks. Title and first few paragraphs pretty much say it all. 


http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-dolphins/fl-dave-hyde-commentary-0226-20140225,0,6173991.column


MIAMI – It's a little thing, a detail, but the quest for excellence is found in issues big and small, and Shane Battier noticed it his first Heat practice. This was three seasons ago, and at the anointed starting time all his new teammates' shoes were laced, shirts tucked in and knee braces on.

"You'd be surprised how few teams are like that in the NBA,'' Battier said. "Usually at the start of an NBA practice, guys are shooting half-court shots, messing around, not really ready. Here there's a culture of discipline."

Elvis Maduro
Elvis Maduro

I'd gladly trade this in for the 2011-2012 season.  That roller coaster ride was way more fun than this spiral down into an abyss that we're in now.  

rico
rico

Lebron and Wade should take the night off, the Heat scrubs could slaughter the Knicks. The Washington Generals at this point could blow em out.



xmenreturn
xmenreturn

Yep LBJ couldn't pass up a chance to decipher our world class defense. 

Elvis Maduro
Elvis Maduro

We'd lose anyway.  This team is playing atrocious right now.

bigdishing
bigdishing

Bet Lebron doesn't whine and sit out a game because the mask doesn't fit properly.


newyorker9
newyorker9

Knicks will beat heat, golden state, and bulls!!!

onewhoknix
onewhoknix

Over/Under on Steph Curry dropping 45 points on us this Friday?

Frank Gebel Jr.
Frank Gebel Jr.

This would be the perfect game to rest Lebron! Use your backups and coach's  ,your still get the W!

knickgirl35
knickgirl35

@bigdishing  WE HAVE ZERO DISCIPLINE HERE IN DOLANWOODYWORLD! EVERYBODY'S JUST STEALING NBA MONEY!! NOT DOING SHIZ TO EARN IT!!

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@Knixtradamus Technically knicks have gotten the better of the Heat in reg season games since Melo arrived here...but..we were embarrassed in that one playoff series..yet managae to win the same amount of game as the WCF champs OKC did vs the Heat that same year....with a hurt shump.amare and Tyson flu.  O well

knickgirl35
knickgirl35

@Knixtradamus  Look debbie downer. We beat them three times in a row when we had Coach Kidd and Coach Sheed. Woodson is a fvckin slow biactch! 

knickgirl35
knickgirl35

@orlando_knickfan  he wants woodson out. he's a veteran who has had 2 great coaches in his career and he knows they'll go nowhere with woodson.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@bigdishing  

And Miami medical staff will make sure that the mask fits properly before it's game time!

thatsagoodpoint
thatsagoodpoint

@Frank Gebel Jr. True but at the same time LeBron needs to test out the mask to make sure everything is squared away and this game will provide him that opportunity.

knickgirl35
knickgirl35

@Knixtradamus @knickkee  Nothing ironic about it. I could let melo shoot using iso's and shiz. I could be making Woody money and so could thousands of Junior High School and High School coaches. Woody does the easiest shiz going. He's fvckin lazy.