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LeBron James to be fitted with mask to protect broken nose; he's questionable for Sunday


LeBron James, del Heat de Miami, se duele tendido en la duela tras ser impactado por Serge Ibaka en el cuarto periodo del duelo de la NBA frente al Thunder de Oklahoma City, el jueves 20 de febrero de 2014. James recibió el golpe mientras se enfilaba a la canasta. Completó una clavada, pero se fracturó la nariz en la jugada. (Foto AP/Sue Ogrocki) (The Associated Press)

LeBron James plans to get fitted for a mask to protect his broken nose, saying his availability Sunday against Chicago will be a game-time decision.

The Miami Heat All-Star sat out practice Saturday, although he shot baskets and free throws on the side. He wore a bandage over the bridge of his nose. He says he wouldn't have played had there been a game Saturday.

James battled the sniffles as he spoke to reporters, saying the injury is painful and affects his breathing. It occurred in the fourth quarter of Thursday's victory at Oklahoma City when James was inadvertently struck by defender Serge Ibaka on a drive to the basket.

James missed the final six minutes of the game. He sat out one game this season with a groin injury.