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James misses Heat practice for personal matter

3 years 5 months 1 week ago April 17, 2013 Apr 17, 2013 Wednesday, April 17 2013 April 17, 2013 9:25 AM in Sports
Source: Associated Press

MIAMI - LeBron James was not with the Miami Heat for their final regular-season shootaround on Wednesday morning. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said the league's reigning MVP was tending to a personal matter.

James was not expected to play Wednesday against the Orlando Magic. He has spent part of the past couple weeks dealing with a right hamstring strain.

The Heat have home-court advantage for as long as they remain in this season's NBA playoffs. Miami will host Milwaukee in Game 1 of an Eastern Conference first-round series this weekend, with the schedule to be announced late Wednesday or early Thursday.

James is averaging 26.8 points this season, fourth-best in the NBA.

Spoelstra did not announce a lineup for the regular-season finale, indicating many players would be game-time decisions.

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