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Sick Vogel, sore James both in for Pacers-Heat game


The Indiana Pacers say Frank Vogel is well enough to coach against the Miami Heat on Wednesday night.
The Pacers announced that Vogel was ailing Wednesday morning, then said he would be able to be with the team for the game several hours later.

Heat star LeBron James announced 45 minutes before gametime that he would play, despite soreness in his left ankle. James had tweeted just before 5 p.m. that missing the game was a possibility.

James suffered a sprained left ankle in Monday's game with Utah. He was able to finish the game but woke up Tuesday with soreness. The league MVP says he's had several sprained ankles and knows how to deal with it. He finished with 30 points in the win over Utah.

"I've had my fair share of ankle twists so I knew what the rules would be today. Very stiff, very sore and you know, I'm going to be here round the clock treatment with Mike and go from there," said James.

The Heat say James did not participate in the team's morning shootaround practice, other than walking through a few things.

At 20-4, the Pacers are at the top of the Eastern Conference right now, and they're looking for a big win tonight in Miami. They were stunned by their first home loss of the season Monday night, when the Detroit Pistons came off a six-game skid to win 101-96. Indiana tied the score four times and got as close as 96-94 late in the fourth, but couldn't pull off the win.

The Pacers and Heat are facing off for the second time in two weeks. Indiana won last week's match-up at Bankers Life Fieldhouse and lead Miami by two games in the standings.

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