LeBron James expects to rejoin Heat lineup Thursday

LeBron James is taking part in non-contact drills and says he should be able to play Thursday for the Miami Heat against the New York Knicks.

Suffered a broken nose on Thursday vs. Thunder

Heat superstar LeBron James reacts to suffering a broken nose late in a 103-81 victory over Oklahoma City on Thursday night. He is questionable for Sunday's game against Chicago. (Sue Ogrocki/Associated Press)

LeBron James is taking part in non-contact drills and says he should be able to play Thursday for the Miami Heat against the New York Knicks.

James missed Sunday's victory over Chicago after breaking his nose in the previous game. He said he plans to try out a new protective mask in practice Wednesday and will wear it in games while his nose heals. James did a lot of running and other conditioning Tuesday, and worked with his teammates on offensive sets. He said he's still in a little pain, but feels better every day.

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