In a match-up between two of the best teams in the NBA, one expected (Miami Heat) and one unexpected (Portland Trail Blazers), it is unclear whether or not LeBron James will be able to play due a groin injury.
Brian Windhorst reports that it will be a “close call” for James, which sounds like a game-time decision:
On another front, source says it’s a “close call” for LeBron at Blazers tonight w/groin injury.Doesn’t have as much experience w/this injury
— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) December 28, 2013
His lack of experience with such an injury will likely create some extra caution. This status also seems consistent with LeBron’s own assessment of his groin in which he said: “It ain’t feeling too good right now.”
An interesting early question in the NBA is how the Heat will handle the regular season. One figures that they can cruise, rest players as needed, and make sure they are healthy and ready to go for the post-season. There really isn’t a question that they will make the playoffs, after all, so is there really any reason for them to push the issue more than they have to during the regular season?
It looks like we will start to get a sense of what that strategy will look like as the team handles James’s injury.