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LeBron James does not expect bruised thigh to affect his play in Game 1

LeBron James has averaged #0 points and 8 rebounds per game this postseason. (Dan Lippitt/Getty Images) LeBron James has averaged 30 points and 8 rebounds per game this postseason. (Dan Lippitt/Getty Images)

LeBron James told reporters that he is still bothered by a right thigh bruise he suffered in the Miami Heat's opening round victory over the Charlotte Bobcats, but does not expect it to hamper his abilities for Game 1 of their series against the Brooklyn Nets, according to Jason Lieser of the Palm Beach Post.

James has been limited in his participation in team practices since suffering the injury.

The Heat announced that Shane Battier would start on Tuesday night in Udonis Haslem's spot, and that Michael Beasley would replace Greg Oden on the team's active playoff roster, according to Rotoworld.com.

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