LeBron James to Play Through Pain
LeBron James plans to be available for Friday’s game against Detroit despite dealing with lingering pain and stiffness from two hard falls he took during the Miami Heat’s previous game.
James injured his right elbow and neck in separate collisions with Phoenix Suns players in the Heat’s 99-95 victory on Tuesday at AmericanAirlines Arena. He came back to finish that game, received treatment throughout the day Wednesday and was back on the court for the final stages of Thursday’s light practice before the Heat departed for this weekend’s three-game trip.
Asked Thursday where he still felt the most pain, James said: “Everywhere.”
On Thursday, Spoelstra said there were no further concerns from the team’s medical staff and that he expected James to play Friday, barring any setbacks.
“I’ll be ready,”James said. “My neck is still a little sore. I’ll continue to work on it and continue to have treatment. I thank the man above I was able to get up. It’s a little better today than it was yesterday.”