Nursing a broken nose, LeBron James was ruled out of Sunday's national televised game against the Chicago Bulls, and, in a surprise move, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra replaced LeBron in the starting lineup with center Greg Oden.
James broke his nose on Thursday against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Missing Sunday's game will give James a full week off to recover from his injury.
"We will take it day-to-day and see how he feels tomorrow and go from there," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said before the game.
James scored a game-high 33 points against the Thunder before being knocked out of action by Thunder defender Serge Ibaka.
Oden, who has played in 10 games for the Heat, is averaging 7.8 minutes per game. He last started a game on Dec.5, 2009.