-- LeBron James is swollen and sore after suffering a blow and cuts to the face in the Miami Heat's win Thursday night against the Oklahoma City Thunder, but he expects to play Sunday when the Heat host the Chicago Bulls (3:30 p.m. ET on ABC), sources told ESPN.com.
James left the Heat's 103-81 victory over the Thunder in the fourth quarter after Serge Ibaka caught him on the face on a drive to the basket. James bled on the floor and went to the locker room, and he did not return to the game or speak with media afterward. He scored the last of his 33 points on the play, on which no foul was called.
The team is waiting for the swelling to go down before determining what treatment he'll require. It was not immediately clear whether James' nose was broken.
The Heat took Friday off after wrapping up a six-game road trip. They went 5-1 on the trip, with all the victories coming over teams currently in playoff position in the Western Conference. The run pulled Miami to within 1½ games of the Indiana Pacers for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.
The Heat's schedule now turns favorable, as 17 of their final 29 games are at home. They begin a four-game homestand Sunday.