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Wednesday, November 28, 2007
James to be re-examined in Cleveland on Thursday

Associated Press

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- LeBron James sprained his left index finger in the second quarter Wednesday night, and did not return for the Cleveland Cavaliers in a 109-74 loss against the Detroit Pistons.

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The Cavs said X-rays were negative, adding he would be evaluated again Thursday.

"I think he's day to day," Cleveland coach Mike Brown said. "We'll see how he is tomorrow before we worry about anything beyond that."

James did not respond to a few questions as he walked to the team bus after the game carrying a pizza.

He returned to Cleveland's bench late in the third quarter, sporting a suit and turtleneck, with tape wrapped around his index and middle fingers on his non-shooting hand. Late in the half, ice was packed and wrapped briefly over his left hand.

He appeared to be injured with 4:41 left in the first half, when Detroit center Nazr Mohammed fouled him. James made both free throws and stayed in the game.

"I didn't hit him that hard, but it's easy to sprain a finger," Mohammed said. "I'm sure he'll be OK."

James had 15 points and three assists in the first half, accounting for more than one-third of the Cavs' points, in a rematch of the Eastern Conference finals.

He had been sensational recently, including Tuesday night in an overtime win over Boston, and entered the game averaging 31.7 points, 8.5 assists and eight rebounds a game this season.