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Lebron looking to play Thursday with a protective mask

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Lebron James finally practiced Tuesday. Lebron James finally practiced Tuesday.
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

Lebron James finally practiced Tuesday. The Miami Heat's star practiced for the first time since breaking his nose and hopes to play Thursday when the Heat host the New York Knicks. Assuming he plays, James will wear a protective mask in that game and for the next few weeks. 

From ESPN.com:

LeBron James participated in his first practice Tuesday since breaking his nose last week and hopes to return for the Miami Heat's game Thursday against the New York Knicks.

James was off limits during the Heat's full-contact portions of scrimmage work, so he did not wear a protective mask. But he said he's been fitted for one and will wear it in games the next few weeks.

"Every day is better," James said. "It's getting better, but I haven't been hit on it, either. It's too soon, but I think I should be fine enough to go on Thursday. It's only Tuesday, so we've got a lot of time."

The Heat managed to win comfortably against the Bulls on Sunday without James, and they should be able to win against the Knicks on Thursday. They're currently chasing the Indiana Pacers for the top spot in the Eastern Conference and the NBA. They're 1.5 games behind the Pacers.

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