Dec 16, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) is defended by Utah Jazz small forward Richard Jefferson (24) in the first half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Heat’s LeBron James misses practice


Miami Heat forward LeBron James missed practice on Tuesday due to an ankle injury he suffered in Monday’s 117-94 victory over the Utah Jazz.  James tripped over his own foot as he was driving to the basket late in the third quarter.

On Tuesday, James was asked about his ankle and how the pain compared to Monday night and he told reporters it felt “about the same.”

“Very stiff, very sore,” James told Mike Wallace of ESPN.com. “Like I said, I’ve had my fair share of ankle twists. I already knew what it was going to be [like] today. I’m going to be [in] around-the-clock treatment. We’ve been through this, so we know how to attack it.”

James looks well on his way to a fifth MVP award. He’s averaging 25.3 points, 6.8 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 1.4 steals per game.

James said he’s been dealing with ankle sprains throughout his life.

“It’s been to the point where I’ve been able to play the next game, to the point where I’ve had to miss a few games,” James said. “I’ve had the extreme to the not-so-extreme. Basically, it’s a mental thing at that point.”

James is officially listed as “questionable” for Wednesday’s showdown with the Indiana Pacers.

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