James, Vogel miss shootaround; iffy for Heat-Pacers game

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The Wednesday night showdown between the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers might be missing some star power.
Reigning MVP LeBron James said he was "very sore and very stiff" after rolling his ankle in Monday's victory over the Utah Jazz. After missing the Wednesday morning shootaround in Miami, James is listed as questionable for Wednesday's meeting with the Pacers.
"He watched film and walked through a few things," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said, according to ESPN.com. "He'll talk to our trainers and we'll see tonight."
A key member of the Pacers also might miss the game. Coach Frank Vogel was ill and not at practice on Wednesday morning. The Pacers are unsure about his availability for the game.
James nearly had a triple-double on Monday, finishing with 30 points, nine rebounds and nine assists -- all team highs. He also made an efficient 13 of 17 shots from the floor. And all that was in 33 minutes and on a gimpy left ankle that caused him to exit with 1:15 left in the third quarter.
James was able to return in the fourth quarter but had problems with the same ankle in the past.
The Heat (18-6) are now 4-1 in their past five games and are in second place in the Eastern Conference.
Indiana (20-4), which beat the Heat 90-84 last Tuesday, lost to Detroit on Monday night but still has a two-game lead over Miami in the battle for home court throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs.

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