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James Sits Out Heat-Spurs Preseason Game

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MIAMI, FL - JUNE 06:  LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat looks on while next to Manu Ginobili #20 of the San Antonio Spurs in the third quarter during Game One of the 2013 NBA Finals at AmericanAirlines Arena on June 6, 2013 in Miami, Florida.(Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

MIAMI, FL – JUNE 06: LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat looks on while next to Manu Ginobili #20 of the San Antonio Spurs in the third quarter during Game One of the 2013 NBA Finals at AmericanAirlines Arena on June 6, 2013 in Miami, Florida.(Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

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MIAMI (AP) — LeBron James missed Miami’s preseason game against San Antonio on Saturday night, sitting out in favor of rest and maintenance.

James had played in all five of the previous Heat exhibitions this fall. He said there was no injury concern, adding, “it’s OK for LeBron to take one off.”

The Heat have two games next week before wrapping up the preseason schedule. James said he expects to play Wednesday when Miami visits New Orleans, and suggested that he would not play in the exhibition finale at home against Brooklyn on Friday.

James Jones started in James’ place, along with other regular Miami starters Udonis Haslem, Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade and Mario Chalmers.

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