Lebron James might have a mysterious elbow injury; nobody seems to know what it is, how it happened, or how serious it is. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
It is not clear what sort of shape James will be in when the matchup with the Celtics starts Saturday night at The Q.
Stretching and shaking his right arm as if it was asleep for much of the fourth quarter, he was able to take his needed and normal role of fourth-quarter bulldozer. He scored eight of his 19 points — his lowest output in the series — in the fourth and pulled down several vital rebounds.
He did it despite the elbow going numb on him a few times, a malady he has been battling for nearly a month. But this was the first time it significantly affected him in a game.
“I don’t honestly know what is going on,” said James, who had an X-ray and an MRI on the elbow on Monday that showed no structural damage.
“It almost feels like you hit your funny bone and it numbs up. I’ve never had a problem with my elbow before. Don’t know when it happened, hopefully it doesn’t continue to bother me. It bothers me more because I don’t actually know what it is.”
Lebron also took his final free throw left-handed (we’ve finally found his flaw — it bricked so badly it almost shattered the backboard), and said afterward that it was because of the mysterious elbow injury.
So nobody knows what it is? Nobody knows how it happened? Lebron James’ elbow just goes numb from time to time and it’s been happening for nearly a month?
I would say it might help the Celtics but, umm, he’s had a pretty special last month.