Despite posting otherworldly stats throughout the NBA Finals, Cleveland Cavaliers star forward LeBron James revealed he played through a fairly significant injury in the final three games.
After scoring 51 points in a heartbreaking Game 1 loss to the Golden State Warriors, James sustained a fractured hand while punching a white board. James conceded that he let his emotions get the best of him in a game highlighted by questionable officiating and decisions by his teammates.
"I had emotions of you just don't get an opportunity like this on the road versus Golden State to be able to get a Game 1, and I let the emotions get the best of me," James said after the elimination game. "Pretty much played the last three games with a broken hand, so that's what it is."
LeBron was seen sporting a soft cast following the Game 4 loss in which the Cavaliers’ season ended. Even though he was injured, LeBron tallied 34 PPG, 10 APG, and 8.5 RPG on 52.7 percent shooting. His performances put Cleveland in position to win Games 1 and 3, even though Golden State eventually prevailed.
In the 2018 postseason, LeBron averaged 34 PPG, 9 APG and 9.1 RPG. The Cavaliers also needed to overcome Game 7’s against the Indiana Pacers and Boston Celtics to return to the NBA Finals for a fourth straight season.
LeBron has yet to set a timetable for his next course of action, as he can opt out of his current contract and become a free agent. LeBron has played in eight straight NBA Finals.
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