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LeBron James leaves game with bloody nose after hard hit, no concussion found (VIDEO)

Feb 21, 2014, 12:58 AM EDT

When the above play happened late in the fourth quarter Thursday and blood spilled on the floor, you had to wonder if LeBron James had a broken nose and/or a concussion.

No. According to multiple reports out of the Heat locker room LeBron had a concussion test after going back to the locker room and it was negative. Once doctors looked closely at it they didn’t even take X-rays. Basically the blood made it look worse that it was and LeBron could well play Sunday when the Heat take on the Bulls.

The hit happens closer to the free throw line where LeBron starts his drive and gets caught in the face by Serge Ibaka. LeBron finished the dunk anyway.

Miami went on to win the game comfortably over the Thunder in Oklahoma City.

  1. timb12 - Feb 21, 2014 at 1:25 AM

    I know you have to be careful, but was the concussion test necessary? If that’s all it takes to get a concussion, then I had about 5 concussions today.

    • casualcommenter - Feb 21, 2014 at 10:44 AM

      You got hit in the face 5 times today by a 245 lbs man as you were sprinting forward?

  2. a0kalittlema0n - Feb 21, 2014 at 2:17 AM

    Seriously though? People cut open their foreheads and bleed and still play the same game. LeBron gets a bloody nose and leaves game and is probably playing the next game?! Grow a pair..

    • antistratfordian - Feb 21, 2014 at 3:11 AM

      There’s a difference between catching an uppercut on your nose and cutting your forehead. If it was just a forehead cut he would’ve been stitched up and back out there in a few minutes. But why don’t you try having Serge Ibaka punch your nose into your skull and see if you can hoop after that. You’d have trouble just walking.

      Wait, forget about Ibaka, we can conduct this test ourselves.

    • casualcommenter - Feb 21, 2014 at 10:46 AM

      LeBron was definitely woozy after that hit. I’m very surprised he passed the concussion screen because he looked disoriented and unsteady on his feet after he managed to score a basket over Ibaka and then landed on his back.

      I think he was held out due to the combination of his nose continuing to bleed (players can’t play if they’re actively bleeding) and that disorientation.

    • bougin89 - Feb 21, 2014 at 3:20 PM

      I’m sympathetic to bloody noses. I’ve broke my nose playing basketball 3 times. After the second time you could bump my nose and it would bleed.

      I’m not comparing the hit that Lebron took to just a bump, he took a pretty good hit here.

  3. seattlesuperchronic - Feb 21, 2014 at 2:17 AM


    I see where you’re coming from. But a concussion test doesn’t take long to conduct. Might as well check, just in case.

  4. jbeezy27 - Feb 21, 2014 at 3:13 AM

    He took like 4 steps on that drive. Oh man, does he play RB for the Miami Dolphins?

  5. progress2011 - Feb 21, 2014 at 3:18 AM

    My observation was, this hit to the face was not intentional but it certainly was rough play… the current NBA standards.

    After the Thunder saw they could’t make a sustained run…their play visibly changed. Most noticeably with Derrick Fisher running thru picks, like he thought he was in the NFL. …He’s often made comments about his pseudo toughness.

    LBJ will be fine. If D-Wade can stay healthy…. 3 Peat.

  6. cantonbound13 - Feb 21, 2014 at 5:01 AM

    The Heats biggest fear was they test the blood for HGH.

    • leahcima1 - Feb 21, 2014 at 6:43 AM

      Yawn. Someone left the toilet lid up and fat boy Cantonjerk0 got out of his sewer. LOL

      • cantonbound13 - Feb 21, 2014 at 7:04 AM

        Yawn???? Can’t come up with your own comments? Seems like you have a fascination with sewers. Or is that one of the few English words you know? You embarrass yourself every time you comment Princess Leaha.

  7. cantonbound13 - Feb 21, 2014 at 5:25 AM

    Fools actually think LePansy can play in the NFL. He leaves the game after a nose bleed!!! Hahaha! Are they sure the blood didn’t come from his vagina?

    • leahcima1 - Feb 21, 2014 at 6:45 AM

      Dang, you are clever jerk0. What a great put down. LOL

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Feb 21, 2014 at 9:19 AM

      Gotta hand it to you CB13. You finally are taking a reasonable position on something LeBron-related. You’re right. He probably couldn’t play in the NFL. Are you happy now? You win. LeBron James is the best basketball player in the world, he’s at worst one of the best players of all time. He’s a multiple champion, multiple MVP, multiple gold medal winner, internationally respected and admired…..but he would probably not make it in the NFL.

      He probably couldn’t hit .200 for Double-A Birmingham either.

      And he’s bald.

      You win bro. Congrats.

      • cantonbound13 - Feb 21, 2014 at 9:40 AM

        I always look forward to your replies, I have nothing but respect for your loyalty 72.

      • 1972wasalongtimeago - Feb 21, 2014 at 9:56 AM

        Getting all warm and fuzzy in here.

        Once again, I’m giving you a chance. Climb aboard. Much more fun on this end of the Miami sports spectrum than that other end over there where once proud franchises go to die. Not too late. And this year might be it.

  8. tricitysteel - Feb 21, 2014 at 5:56 AM

    Despite what the headline to this article says, no foul was called on the play. Granted, it was a foul but…

  9. jimthebuilder27 - Feb 21, 2014 at 6:15 AM

    He was bleeding and you CAN’T HAVE AN OPEN WOUND on the floor guys! He had to leave and the game was nearly over anyways. Such intelligent people saying he should have stayed in the game sheesh.

    • gofinsgoheatfloria - Feb 21, 2014 at 6:57 AM

      Intelligent people would not refer to NFL players who say that Lebron could play in that league as “fools”.

  10. narrabeen23 - Feb 21, 2014 at 7:02 AM

    lebron gets touched up by ibaka and he’s down for the count and talking about missing games. jordan would get mauled by 4 pistons driving to the lane and just get up and drop 20 more in their face. i miss real basketball…

    • Kurt Helin - Feb 22, 2014 at 12:06 PM

      LeBron broke his nose on this play, for the record.

  11. cantonbound13 - Feb 21, 2014 at 7:19 AM

    David Stern would suspend Ibaka the rest of the season.

  12. bp305 - Feb 21, 2014 at 7:45 AM

    so sad how the only thing you do in pbt is troll on the heat’s posts. Oh wait the knicks suck so much is not even worth mentioning them.

  13. ggallin4evr - Feb 21, 2014 at 8:01 AM


  14. big64d - Feb 21, 2014 at 8:37 AM

    So was he slapped in the face or shot by a sniper? I couldn’t tell by how he rolled around on the floor like his head was cut off.

  15. daubs17 - Feb 21, 2014 at 8:40 AM

    Yawn. King Flop

    • casualcommenter - Feb 21, 2014 at 10:48 AM

      Yeah, it’s a new trend in flopping, where a player spontaneously starts bleeding from his face after getting hit in the face. The league has to put a stop to it with fines!


  16. 1972wasalongtimeago - Feb 21, 2014 at 8:44 AM

    Getting your nose bashed up and back can be fatal. And that’s exactly what happened on that play.

    But it’s all good. No foul.

  17. southbeachtalent - Feb 21, 2014 at 10:05 AM

    and 1?

  18. Miami305 - Feb 21, 2014 at 10:41 AM

    Not one comment has mentioned the fact that after he got smashed in the face he still barreled forward and made the dunk anyway. Lebron is a beast! MVP and 3peat bound!

    • leprekan - Feb 21, 2014 at 11:39 PM

      LeBron is a beast, but this proves how bad of a flopper he normally is, he absolutely did not flop on this play, but if you watch the play you can see Ibaka gets him hard at the top of the key and LeBron doesn’t even flinch to finish the slam. In other games when he isn’t driving or finishing a drive he gets breathed on the wrong way and he flops like a rag doll.

  19. pacers24 - Feb 21, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    well this just confirms how much he FLOPS! because that hit to the face shoulda sent him backwards if he was trying to get the call!


  20. dablakdrphil - Feb 21, 2014 at 4:48 PM

    DAMN!! That was a hard foul…the fact he still made the dunk was crazy…I’m only 160 pounds and if someone over 250 pounds smack the s*** out of my face I’m sure I would’ve had a concussion x10. For all the idiots saying he should’ve kept on playing, let someone over 250 pounds smack you in your face and then you can let us all know if you were able to keep playing after

  21. a0kalittlema0n - Feb 21, 2014 at 5:37 PM

    Well turns out he had a broken nose, I’ll give him that. It didn’t look like he got hit that hard, but apparently he hit him harder than I thought.

    On another note anti are you LeBron’s mom? Geez I don’t think even his mom would defend him like that! If you wanna bash my nose in ill let you win so your internet ego isn’t hurt too bad…

    Take. A. Chill. Pill.

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