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LeBron out Thursday against Nuggets due to ankle sprain

LeBron James

Miami Heat forward LeBron James wipes his face as he walks off the court for a timeout during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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LeBron James is going to miss his first game of the season Thursday, sitting out the game in Denver against the Nuggets.

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra called James “doubtful” and since then multiple reports have him sitting out. James Jones will start in James’ place.

LeBron was limping pretty badly when he rolled his ankle landing from a layup in the fourth quarter of the Heat’s loss to the Clippers Wednesday. He said after the game that X-rays were negative but it would depend on how he felt Thursday morning.

He also said that considering that this is January he would be cautious.

““I’ll definitely be smart about the situation and our training staff will be,” James said Wednesday. “My teammates will definitely tell me to be smart about it. I don’t have to be a hero in the regular season if I’m not up close to 100 percent.”