LeBron James: 'It's uncomfortable'

Updated: March 10, 2014, 10:37 AM ET
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LeBron James is no longer a masked man.

The Miami Heat star said before Sunday's game against the Chicago Bulls that he no longer will wear the mask that had been protecting his broken nose -- despite not being medically cleared to do so.

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Troy Taormina/USA TODAY SportsAfter four-plus games wearing one, LeBron James has said no more to the mask that had been protecting his broken nose.

"It's not comfortable," James said.

Minus the mask, James still struggled against the Bulls, shooting 8 of 23 from the field for 17 points -- his fewest in more than a month. The Heat lost in overtime, 95-88.

James broke his nose Feb. 20 when he was struck in the face by Serge Ibaka as he drove to the basket during the fourth quarter of a win in Oklahoma City. After sitting out the Heat's next game because of the injury, he returned wearing a black mask before having to switch to a clearer version per the NBA's request.

In total, James wore the mask for four-plus games -- he removed it in the first quarter of Thursday night's loss to the San Antonio Spurs, in which he made only 6-of-18 shots and committed five turnovers.

According to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, James was supposed to wear the mask for another week.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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