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Irving downplays walking boot as Cavs prepare to face LeBron's old team

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — The Cavaliers' lone free day in Brazil was spent with canceled sightseeing plans and Kyrie Irving in a walking boot.

Irving was injured during practice before Cleveland's flight departed Tuesday. X-rays and an MRI exam taken Tuesday were negative, the Akron Beacon Journal reported, and the boot was considered precautionary. It's unclear at this point if the All-Star point guard will play Saturday, when the Cavs face the Heat.

"Just a sprained ankle from practice, in a walking boot for precautionary reasons," Irving wrote on his Twitter account. "Not that serious. I'm all good."

The team arrived early Wednesday after an overnight flight. An afternoon team trip to the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue was canceled after a cable broke on the tram that takes visitors to the summit of Corcovado Mountain.

Miami was originally scheduled to practice Wednesday, but that was canceled. The Heat played a preseason game Tuesday and gave the players the day off after their long flight.

The much-anticipated reunion between LeBron James and his former teammates is Saturday at HSBC Arena in Rio. One of those former teammates, Chris Bosh, told reporters he hasn't spoken to James since the four-time MVP chose to leave Miami to return to the Cavaliers. "I'm in the mode where I'm trying to lead my team, help these guys out around here," he said. "If guys aren't in this locker room, I don't have much time for them — if any."

The Cavs and Heat are in Brazil as part of the league's global initiative, which includes nine NBA teams playing seven regular-season and preseason games in seven cities across six countries.

In addition to Rio, games will also be held this season in Berlin, Istanbul, Shanghai, Beijing, Mexico City and London.

Suspensions: Wizards players DeJuan Blair, Nene, Daniel Orton and Xavier Silas were each suspended for one regular-season game by the league for leaving the bench area during an altercation between Paul Pierce and Chicago's Joakim Noah. Noah was fined $15,000 for initiating the altercation in an exhibition game Monday in Chicago by pushing Pierce in the chest, and Pierce was fined $15,000 for hitting Noah in the forehead with his left index finger.

Pacers: Coach Frank Vogel signed a multiyear extension. Terms were not available. Vogel, 41, was entering the final year of his current deal.

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