CLEVELAND, Jan. 30 (AP) -- LeBron James' sore toe may be sore until summer.

The Cavaliers forward, who has missed two of Cleveland's last three games to rest a sprained right big toe, said Wednesday that his injury could linger for the remainder of this season.

"I hope not, but I think it will,'' James said following practice. "It's like you jam your finger or you get a light ankle sprain, those are the things that don't really get back until after the season. It's a concern, but not a big concern as long as it keeps getting better and progressing every day.''

James sat out Cleveland's win Tuesday night over Golden State. Sasha Pavlovic replaced James in the starting lineup and scored a career-high 24 points.

James was held out of contact drills during Wednesday's practice and the team listed him as day-to-day on the updated injury report. After being limited to practicing free throws and going over some plays, James said his toe is feeling better and it will be a game-time decision whether he plays in a nationally televised game Thursday in Miami.


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