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LeBron practices for first time since back injection

POSTED: Oct 25, 2015 2:25 PM ET

By TOM WITHERS

Associated Press

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LeBron James has gone through a full practice for the first time since he received an anti-inflammatory injection in his back.

James had been limited to shooting drills and conditioning since getting the shot Oct. 13. But he took part in every aspect of Cleveland's workout Sunday, increasing his chances of playing in the season opener Tuesday in Chicago.

Cavs coach David Blatt describes James' practice as "a good step" and says it "bodes well" for the four-time MVP to face the Bulls to begin his 13th NBA season.

The 30-year-old James received a similar shot in his back early last season, when he was slowed by back pain and a strained left knee. James played in only two of Cleveland's seven exhibition games during the preseason.

The Cavs would like to cut his minutes during the regular season to keep James fresh for the playoffs.