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After Ankle Twist Friday, LeBron Says “My Ankle Is Fine”

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LeBron James (L) of the Miami Heat and Russell Westbrook (R) of the Oklahoma City Thunder vie for the ball during Game 5 of the NBA Finals on June 21, 2012 at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. The Miami Heat won the NBA Finals, defeating the Oklahoma City Thunder 121-106 to capture the best-of-seven championship series four games to one. (DON EMMERT/AFP/GettyImages)

LeBron James (L) of the Miami Heat and Russell Westbrook (R) of the Oklahoma City Thunder vie for the ball during Game 5 of the NBA Finals on June 21, 2012 at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. The Miami Heat won the NBA Finals, defeating the Oklahoma City Thunder 121-106 to capture the best-of-seven championship series four games to one. (DON EMMERT/AFP/GettyImages)

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MIAMI (AP) — LeBron James’ twisted right ankle remained sore Saturday, though not enough for the reigning NBA MVP to be concerned about his status for Miami’s season-opener against the Boston Celtics.

James was shaken up twice in the Heat’s preseason finale Friday night, first when he turned the ankle in the game’s opening minutes, then in the third quarter when he was inadvertently kicked in the face by New Orleans center Robin Lopez.

James was planning to get treatment for the ankle over the next couple days. He said he had no lingering aftereffects of the kick, which happened as he and Lopez jostled for a rebound.

The Heat open their title defense Tuesday against Boston. Miami got its roster down to the 15-player maximum on Saturday by waiving guard Garrett Temple.

(© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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