MIAMI (AP) – LeBron James was held out of Miami’s practice on Thursday with a deep bruise on his right shin, which has bothering him for about a week.

The NBA’s two-time reigning MVP expects to play Friday when the Heat visit New Orleans.

James says the shin has bothered him since getting bumped during Sunday’s game in New Jersey. He played through it against Minnesota on Tuesday, finishing with 20 points and 12 assists.

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra says the decision to not have James practice on Thursday was “precautionary, so he can play the back-to-back.” After the game in New Orleans, Miami returns home Saturday to face the Nets.