James Won’t Miss Time with Injured Finger
LeBron James confirmed Wednesday he’s dealing with a dislocated finger in addition to other pains, but said he doesn’t plan to skip games to rest anytime soon.
“I’ve still got work to do,” James said after the Heat’s practice in preparation for Thursday’s home game against the Dallas Mavericks in a matchup of last season’s NBA Finals. “I’ll be ready. I hate using injuries as an excuse. If I’m in uniform, then I should be good to go. The only recovery for it, the doctors told me, was rest. And I think we all know I’m having none of that.”
James injured the ring finger on his left (non-shooting) hand in the first half of Monday’s loss against the Indiana Pacers, but finished the game and never made mention of the dislocation afterward. Addressing the injury for the first time on Wednesday, James said he quickly “popped” the finger back into place and got some treatment before resuming playing against the Pacers.
James finished with 24 points, nine rebounds and six turnovers in 41 minutes against Indiana. Citing a source, ESPN The Magazine’s Chris Broussard first reported Tuesday that James might have dislocated the finger. The Heat did not practice Tuesday. James also has been dealing with lingering elbow and neck soreness from a couple of hard falls he took during a March 20 game against the Phoenix Suns.