LeBron James suffered a knee injury in the second half of his team’s blowout win over the Orlando Magic on Sunday, an ailment that could keep him out of this week’s big matchup against the Miami Heat.
James suffered the injury in the third quarter of his team’s 123-108 win, landing awkwardly after attempting to block Magic forward Dewayne Dedmon.
James said the injury was frightening, though he was able to stay in the game.
“It was a scary moment for myself, obviously,” James said afterward. “I couldn’t get my foot from up underneath me, and I was able to play through it. Obviously I’ll see how I feel tomorrow and go from there. But I haven’t [had] one of those falls, I don’t know if ever, but in a pretty long time.”
But after the game the injury appeared more severe, and James could miss time while he recovers. The Cavaliers are set to take on Lebron’s former team the Miami Heat on Monday.
LeBron said he doesn’t regret the decision to stay in the game.
“For me to be able to just finish the game, the way I fell, the way I took that fall, it goes to my training and the way I approach the game off the floor,” said James, who is known for going through intense pregame stretching with his trainer, Mike Mancias. “I was happy I was able to stay out on the floor with my teammates.”
The long or short-term prognosis for the injury isn’t clear yet. James will have the knee re-evaluated on Monday.
LeBron James grew heated several times during his team’s win on Sunday. He was seen chewing out teammates after the initial knee injury after a breakdown allowed Dedmon to be open under the basket. James was later upset when a fan appeared to reach out and touch a ball that LeBron was trying to save from going out of bounds. Referees ruled fan interference on the play, and the Cavaliers were awarded the ball.
“We had a fast break,” James said. “I seen Shump [Iman Shumpert] streaking, and I was about to throw it all the way to him on the other side. The fan just basically, when I was [saving the ball from going out of bounds], he just slapped the ball. So it’s just fan interference and it’s our ball.”
This is not the first time that LeBron James has suffered a painful injury in the past month. In a game against the Houston Rockets he was kicked in the groin by James Harden, a play deemed a flagrant foul.
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