Updated: Wednesday, 18 December 2013 05:03 | By Agence France-Presse

James nursing sore ankle, could miss Pacers clash

Miami superstar LeBron James is nursing a sore left ankle and could miss the NBA champion Heat's Wednesday showdown with current Eastern Conference leaders Indiana on Wednesday.

James nursing sore ankle, could miss Pacers clash

LeBron James of the Miami Heat looks on during a game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at American Airlines Arena on December 14, 2013 in Miami, Florida

James missed practice on Tuesday after he was hurt in Monday's 117-94 victory over the Utah Jazz.

"It's a little sore," said James on Tuesday. "I'm getting around-the-clock treatment and we'll play it by ear."

James twisted his left ankle in the third quarter, losing his balance while making a move against guard Brandon Rush.

Despite the injury he continued to play and finished with 30 points, nine rebounds and nine assists.

"I've been here before," James said after the game. I'm day-to-day and we'll see what happens."

Team-mate Chris Bosh didn't seem too worried.

"He does this once a year, and this is his time, usually December," Bosh said. "Got that out of the way."

Coach Erik Spoelstra said he'd assess James's fitness on Wednesday.

"He's getting a lot of treatment today and a lot of rest," Spoelstra said. "We'll see how he feels tomorrow."

James is averaging 25.3 points, 6.8 rebounds and 6.5 assists this season for the Heat, who are 18-6 and lead the Southeast Division.

Central Division-leading Indiana is an Eastern Conference-best 20-4.

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