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James Hopes to Play in Cavs’ Next Game

October 18, 2005

CLEVELAND (AP) _ LeBron James is feeling better, and will try to play in the Cavaliers’ exhibition game Wednesday against the Memphis Grizzlies.

James was hospitalized for two days last week with pleurisy, a virus that caused severe pain in his chest. He practiced for the second straight day on Tuesday.

``I’m 90 percent better than I was last week, but I’m not where I want to be,″ he said. ``But I’ll get there.″

James was in the Cleveland Clinic last week while doctors tried to determine what was causing the pain in his chest that developed the morning after the club’s exhibition opener in Washington.

The third-year All-Star has missed Cleveland’s last three games while recovering.

``I want to get out there with my teammates and see how it goes,″ James said after practice. ``I’ll play as many minutes as I can or as many minutes as coach (Mike Brown) will allow me.″

The Cavs have four more exhibition games before they open the season Nov. 2 against New Orleans.

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