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The road continues to get tougher for the New York Knicks as LeBron James is expected to play Thursday when the team travels to Miami to take on the defending champions.

James, who broke his nose last week, is expected to be in the lineup and rock a protective mask over his face. James has missed the last week of action, though the Heat were able to cruise past the Chicago Bulls without him on Sunday and move to 2-0 without him in uniform.

James' nose was reset on Friday and he's still experiencing blockages in his nasal passages, but he said he is no longer having headaches. The defending MVP participated in non-contact drills Tuesday but has not yet been cleared for contact.

In his career, James has averaged 27.9 points per game against the Knicks. This season, he's averaged 31 points per game in two meetings at Madison Square Garden.

Tags: Knicks , Sam Spiegelman
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