Brian Windhorst of the Cleveland Plain Dealer has the update on Lebron James’ elbow.
Though Lebron will be examined by team doctors before practice Thursday, and it is possible he will be held out of contact as a precaution, neither the team nor James believes he will miss any games.
It is possible James will get a second MRI at some point this week after he experienced numbness and soreness in his elbow during Game Five against the Chicago Bulls. After making the first of two free throws in the final moments right-handed, James shot the second one left-handed after feeling what looked to be intense pain. He said he would have shot the free throw with his right hand had Cleveland’s lead still been only one possession.
Now I’ll let Windhorst bring it in.
Doctors haven’t found anything significantly wrong with James’ elbow, though it has bothered him on and off for nearly a month. Most of the time, James said, he isn’t in any discomfort. But occasionally after it is hit, he will experience numbness and stinging pain. That is what happened late in the game Tuesday.
“We’ll figure it out,” James said, not showing the least bit of worry. “We have the best docs in Cleveland.”
An MRI performed Monday at the Cleveland Clinic, a day after James briefly left the floor with elbow soreness in Game 4 in Chicago, showed no serious damage. James has some swelling and has been wearing a protective sleeve for several weeks but doesn’t know how the injury happened.
While the injury continues to bother James, neither he nor the Cavs believe it will keep him out of games.
I don’t expect James to miss any games. If he has proved nothing else over his career, it’s that he’s an indestructible force who barely knows what injuries are. He said his elbow has been bothering him for the past month, and he’s been pretty incredible during that time and especially deadly against the Chicago Bulls in round one.
If you want to get into conspiracies and think Lebron will possibly miss a game, there is hope. He sat out quite a few games down the stretch, which everyone thought was for rest.
But maybe it was something more? Maybe it was to help heal an injured elbow?
I doubt it but, hey, ya never know.