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One of the more anticipated matchups of the young NBA season may have suffered a crushing blow. According to Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press, Miami Heat All-Star forward, Lebron James, left this mornings team shootaround with an undisclosed illness and is officially listed as a game-time decision for tonights matchup against the Lakers.

The Heat will also be without All-Star guard, Dwyane Wade, who himself has missed 5 games this season due to foot and ankle injuries. Veteran swingman, Shane Battier, would be the likely be James’ replacement in the starting lineup for Miami.