LeBron James says he played final 3 games of Finals with broken hand

Injury came as a result of anger and frustration following Game 1 loss

Daryl Ruiter
June 09, 2018 - 12:56 am
LeBron James speak with reporters following the Warriors sweeping him and the Cavs in the 2018 NBA Finals.

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Cleveland, OH (92.3 The Fan) – LeBron James walked into the media room for what could've been his final press conference as a Cavalier in stunning fashion.

His right hand had a cast on it.


"Pretty much played the last three games with a broken hand," James said.

It was a stunning revelation.

How it happened was not.

"Self-inflicted, postgame after Game 1," James said. "Very emotional. For a lot of different reasons, understanding how important a Game 1 is on the road for our ballclub, what would that have done for us, the way we played, the calls that were made throughout the course of that game. I had emotions on the game [which] was taken away from us. 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."

His anger from that loss caused him to break his right hand when he hit a whiteboard in the locker room at Oracle Arena ESPN reported. The injury was kept top-secret until champagne was popped by the Warriors.

"He's a bad boy, and I love having him on our team," Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said. "He fights and competes to the end. Sometimes you can give everything you've got and still come up short. I thought that's what our group of guys did in this series."

The outcome of Game 4 Friday night was decided in the third quarter, but the series was essentially decided in Game 1 when controversial officiating and an inexplicable decision by JR Smith to dribble out the clock in a tie game to force overtime where they were outscored by 10 points.

Cleveland hung tough in Games 2, 3 and 4 but the reality is that they never recovered from that loss in Game 1.

James checked out with 4:03 left in the fourth Friday night and he may not step on the floor at Quicken Loans Arena in a Cavalier uniform again.

Thanks to Kevin Durant, the Warriors have smashed James and the Cavs in the last 2 NBA Finals.

As a result, that same emotion and anger that caused him to break his hand may be the same emotion and anger that may force him to break Cleveland's heart again.