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Sick Vogel, sore LeBron both in for Heat-Pacers

Thursday - 12/19/2013, 10:46am  ET

Miami Heat's LeBron James (6) reacts as he injures his left ankle while dribbling the ball towards the basket as Utah Jazz's Brandon Rush (25) defends in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Dec. 16, 2013, in Miami. James left the game but returned in the fourth quarter. The Heat defeated the Jazz 117-94. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

MIAMI (AP) -- LeBron James is dealing with a stiff ankle. Frank Vogel was slowed after eating spaghetti.

Neither malady was bad enough to keep them from the Miami-Indiana matchup of Eastern Conference powers Wednesday night.

James announced about 45 minutes before game time that he will play for the Heat against the Pacers through a twisted left ankle. Vogel's availability to coach Indiana was unknown until about two hours before the game, when it was determined that a stomach ailment wouldn't keep him off the sideline.

James twisted his ankle Monday night in victory over Utah and said he got treatment nearly around the clock to play against the Pacers. Vogel said he had spaghetti for dinner Tuesday, though wasn't sure if that or a simple virus was what struck him.

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