Updates from Tuesday, March 4
After scoring 61 points against the Charlotte Bobcats on Monday, LeBron James suited up once again Tuesday against the Houston Rockets.
As time was running out on the Heat in their 106-103 loss, LeBron leapt into the elbow of Dwight Howard. Howard's limb hit him square in the face, making solid contact with his nose. Joseph Goodman of the Miami Herald reports on the outcome of that collision:
LeBron says he re-broke his nose.— Joseph Goodman (@JoeGoodmanJr) March 5, 2014
However, Palm Beach Post reporter Jason Lieser reports that LeBron may have fooled everyone:
LeBron pranked the media after tonight's game by pretending he re-smashed his nose.— Jason Lieser (@PBPjasonlieser) March 5, 2014
Updates from Thursday, Feb. 27
The Miami Heat have announced that LeBron James has returned to the lineup:
Bleacher Report provides us with a picture of the mask LeBron is sporting:
The masked LeBron James returns! pic.twitter.com/sDj4rVY4Ix— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 28, 2014
South Florida Sun-Sentinel reporter Ira Winderman previously noted that James was strongly expected to play:
Erik Spoelstra says LeBron went through walkthrough and anticipation is he plays, "So I would say in strong pencil."— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) February 27, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, Feb. 26
The Miami Heat's official Twitter feed has the latest on LeBron James:
LeBron James (broken nose) was a full participant in today’s practice wearing a mask. He will be reevaluated tmrw & is a game-time decision.— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) February 26, 2014
Updates from Sunday, Feb. 23
Joseph Goodman of the Miami Herald has the latest on LeBron James' status for Sunday's game vs. Chicago:
LeBron will not play today against the Bulls.— Joseph Goodman (@JoeGoodmanJr) February 23, 2014
Ethan J. Skolnick of Bleacher Report provided some context from Erik Spoelstra on the decision to sit James and had more information on his recovery:
Spoelstra says that the extra days before next game helped make decision. LeBron gets a week off.— Ethan J. Skolnick (@EthanJSkolnick) February 23, 2014
LeBron shown on the videoscreen. No bandage. Being fitted for the mask tomorrow.— Ethan J. Skolnick (@EthanJSkolnick) February 23, 2014
Updates from Saturday, Feb. 22
Michael Wallace of ESPN has an update on LeBron James' injured nose:
LeBron James (broken nose) missed practice today and is questionable for Sunday's Heat-Bulls game.— Michael Wallace (@WallaceNBA_ESPN) February 22, 2014
The Heat's official Twitter feed provided more details on LeBron's status:
Spo on LeBron's status: "We will continue to reevaluate him and take it day by day."— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) February 22, 2014
Updates from Friday, Feb. 21
NBA.com reports that LeBron James broke his nose:
The Miami HEAT announced today that after being re-evaluated in Miami, it has been determined that forward LeBron James has suffered a broken nose.
James also posted a picture of himself following the incident:
Anytime LeBron James leaves the floor with a potential injury, it is certainly going to raise some eyebrows.
The NBA on ESPN’s official Twitter account alerts us to a development from the Miami Heat’s contest against the Oklahoma City Thunder:
LeBron James is headed back to the locker room, holding a towel to his nose. Heat lead 90-74 with 5:50 left.— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) February 21, 2014
Jason Lieser of The Palm Beach Post adds more on James' injury:
Erik Spoelstra on LeBron's injury: "He's got a swollen nose. It's bleeding. We'll evaluate him in Miami."— Jason Lieser (@PBPjasonlieser) February 21, 2014
Erik Spoelstra says LeBron passed a concussion test. Was hit in the nose and bled out of his nose. No visible facial laceration.— Jason Lieser (@PBPjasonlieser) February 21, 2014
Erik Spoelstra: "He got hit pretty good in the nose. Probably should've been at the FT line after that."— Jason Lieser (@PBPjasonlieser) February 21, 2014
Bleacher Report's Ethan J. Skolnick shares further details:
LeBron passed a concussion test. Will take an x-ray.— Ethan J. Skolnick (@EthanJSkolnick) February 21, 2014
The Heat just closed the locker room. LeBron, plugs in both nostrils, rubbing his head, was quiet while we were in there.— Ethan J. Skolnick (@EthanJSkolnick) February 21, 2014
Fortunately for the Heat, the game was well in hand when their superstar walked off the floor. He had an impressive stat line of 33 points, seven rebounds, four steals and three assists on 15-of-22 shooting when he left, although he did turn the ball over eight times.
Following the game, James posted an Instagram photo of himself as the Batman character Bane:
Miami is in a tight race with the Indiana Pacers for the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs and home-court advantage if those two squads do meet in the conference finals. Losing James for any length of time would obviously cripple Miami’s chances of catching and eventually surpassing the Pacers in that race.
Even though this is not as alarming as some type of leg injury, it is still worth keeping an eye on because it is James, the consensus best player in the world.