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LeBron James’ ankle bothering him in Finals

Jun 13, 2014, 8:45 AM EDT

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MIAMI — You wouldn’t know it watching LeBron James play compared to his Miami Heat teammates. Through three quarters of Game 4 LeBron had 28 points on 10-of-15 shooting, the rest of the Heat had 29 points on 27.8 percent shooting.

But LeBron James admitted he is playing through a sore ankle.

LeBron bolted back to the Heat locker room right after the national anthem and before player introductions, then again during a first quarter timeout. Television cameras caught him grimacing on the court more than once in Game 4. When asked about it (and if anything was bothering him) after the game, LeBron mentioned the ankle.

“First time I left I went to go get retaped, retape my ankle. It’s been kind of bothering me for the last couple days, but I felt okay,” LeBron said dismissively.

With an extra day off before Sunday’s Game 5 in San Antonio, LeBron will have more time to get treatment on the ankle.

Again, it hasn’t really impacted his play, he has done everything the Heat and coach Erik Spoelstra could ask. These Finals and the San Antonio Spurs have exposed the flawed roster around LeBron, not him, although for some it will be LeBron that takes the legacy hit with these Finals.

  1. cantonbound13 - Jun 13, 2014 at 8:48 AM

    Here come the excuses, so predictable. You don’t hear Parker complaining.
    Hey ’72, what’s the count?

    • money2long - Jun 13, 2014 at 11:50 AM

      I like how people want to defend lebron for having no help while he has some pretty good help on his side they are just getting shut down yet on the other spectrum those same people want to slight Carmelo while he actually truly has no help and bash his shot attempts. Funny how some of those people, are heat fans, and they would totally forget all the negative stuff they said about MELO if they feel he will legitimately come to play in Miami.

      Heat fans are the most double standard people in the world.
      I got bashed for calling them out for all of a sudden loving a weed smoking non hard worker in Beasley. Then they thought Greg oden could make any sort of impact.

      You heat fans are pathetic. Say goodbye to lebron. I would say he’s going to the clippers but I bet lebron wants nothing to do with playing on the west coast. He’d rather coast through the east. Flex his muscles and act like he made big accomplishments beating a nets team jumping and screaming on the scorers table.

      He won’t be doing that against a west team. Like San Antonio.

      • cantonbound13 - Jun 13, 2014 at 2:44 PM

        Well said my friend. It’s so nice to see all those moronic bandwagon fans disappear.

      • reesesteel23 - Jun 13, 2014 at 4:20 PM

        Beasley and Oden only played a handful of games combined. Why were they so loved?

    • money2long - Jun 13, 2014 at 11:54 AM

      I like how people want to defend lebron for having no help while he has some pretty good help on his side, they are just getting shut down.

      yet on the other spectrum, those same people want to slight Carmelo while he actually truly has no help and bash his shot attempts. Funny how some of those people, are heat fans, and they would totally forget all the negative stuff they said about MELO if they feel he will legitimately come to play in Miami.

      Heat fans are the most double standard people in the world.

      I got bashed for calling them out for all of a sudden loving a druggy, non hard worker in Beasley. Then they thought Greg oden could make any sort of impact.

      You heat fans are pathetic.

      Say goodbye to lebron. I would say he’s going to the clippers but I bet lebron wants nothing to do with playing on the west coast. He’d rather coast through the east. Flex his muscles and act like he made big accomplishments beating a nets team jumping and screaming on the scorers table.

      He won’t be doing that against a west team. Like San Antonio.

  2. chicagosports2014 - Jun 13, 2014 at 8:51 AM

    If they won the game this wouldn’t be a story LBJ be looking sad and sick b4 game than go on a rampage. He just got deed up last night, face it cry baby🍼

    • xLith - Jun 13, 2014 at 9:13 AM

      I’m not LeBron apologist by any means but did you read the article?

      “Through three quarters of Game 4 LeBron had 28 points on 10-of-15 shooting.”

      Yeah, he still had a really good game regardless of the ankle.

      • chicagosports2014 - Jun 13, 2014 at 9:23 AM

        Those were garbage points did you see the score 1,2,3,4, quarters 👀

      • xLith - Jun 13, 2014 at 9:41 AM

        So you expect a single person to carry an entire team in the NBA finals? Do you even watch basketball?

        Again, I’m not a Heat fan at all and I’m actually happy for the Spurs but be real and not naive. How can you criticize LeBron because the score got out of hand. There’s 4 other guys on the floor that should be playing defense.

        LeBron got “deed” up real well… He shot 58%, 50% from 3 and had 28 points. Give me a break.

      • chicagosports2014 - Jun 13, 2014 at 10:26 AM

        But the score was lopsided the Spurs jumped out on them early his points came at the wrong time. STAT FILLER. King James on top of Mountain Rushmore can do anything I would BELIEVE💪

      • gatorfan1 - Jun 13, 2014 at 12:59 PM

        Hey xLith – He chose this team remember. He chose it because as he said “not 1, not 2, not 3, not 4, not 5, not 6, not 7″. I wonder how good Cleveland would be now after 4 years. As week as the east is, he would still be in the same number of finals.

        Wade had issues with his body back then, and guess what, it’s 4 years later! LeBrick needs to take responsibility. He got everything he asked for!

    • cantonbound13 - Jun 13, 2014 at 10:40 AM

      Tony Parker played on injured ankles last year & now this year. Do you hear him complain or make excuses? No one is 100% healthy at this point of the season. Stop whining LeGina!

      • nard100 - Jun 13, 2014 at 5:35 PM

        You are a hating moron and you just proved it. The reason Parker doesn’t have to make excuses is because he has the cast around him idiot. Neither he or Ginobli is playing very well and you know what? They don’t have to. You probably didn’t even notice that Ginobli got benched last night becuase he sucked that bad. And nobody missed him. At all. The Spurs this time around aren’t even about the “big 3″. In fact, if this team depended on the old big 3 they would be losing. This time, it’s about Diaw, Splitter, Duncan and of course Leonard. hat’s off to the Spurs. They deserve to win it.

  3. hwatt - Jun 13, 2014 at 8:54 AM

    and all the LeHaters get a lot more ammo. I’m sure this is common among athletes. But I sorta wished he would have kept it secret until a month from now like every other athlete in a championship game purely so I wouldn’t have to deal with all these hater comments

    • goodtogo28 - Jun 13, 2014 at 9:16 AM

      don’t worry. it will be all over real soon. you won’t have to hear it from the “haters” just as the “haters” won’t have to hear about lebron’s lame excuses. btw, it’s not the ankle, it’s the bruised ego that’s bothering lebron.

    • xLith - Jun 13, 2014 at 9:46 AM

      LeBron played well despite whether he had a bad ankle or not. He needed help that game and didn’t get it. The Spurs are a great team and honestly should have won last year too. I just think the Heat’s window is closing fast, if not already.

      • hwatt - Jun 13, 2014 at 1:05 PM

        their window closes only when half the Spurs and Pop retire together. besides the spurs, the rest of league isn’t disciplined enough to exploit every small lapse in judgement.

        Who’s next after the Spurs? OKC. um no. they hit the ceiling already. The Pacers…. right.. they hit their ceiling too. The Bulls… somebody gets injured under Kamikaze Thibs every year. Maybe the Wizards in 3 years or so, but that’s a lot of time for the lazy champs to intimidate those other guys into a few more chips

  4. finsfan71 - Jun 13, 2014 at 9:25 AM

    The Celtics team that went to 4 straight went 2-2 in the finals. No shame losing to a great Spurs team.

    • cantonbound13 - Jun 13, 2014 at 10:48 AM

      There is shame when you claim you’re going to win not 5, not 6, not 7…
      There is shame when you claim you’re going to be on the NBA’s Mt Rushmoore.
      There is shame when you call yourselves “The Heatles”
      There is shame when morons compare you to Kobe & MJ & you’re overall record in the Finals is 11-15!

      • paleihe - Jun 13, 2014 at 11:19 AM

        You’re right, four straight finals appearances. Winning two in a row. Losing on of them to the greatest PF of all time, and one of the most consistent teams in NBA history.

        Total shame.

      • cantonbound13 - Jun 13, 2014 at 11:50 AM

        Yes it is. When you claim you’re going to be a dynasty & win not 5, not 6, not 7…. You look like a failure when you get blown out after only #2.

      • duhwighthoward - Jun 13, 2014 at 11:26 AM

        @paleihe, epic fail on your comeback.

      • finsfan71 - Jun 13, 2014 at 11:32 AM

        No Richie, only to a sports nerd like you whose whole life revolves around deli meat and final scores is it shameful. Grow up, buddy.

      • cantonbound13 - Jun 13, 2014 at 11:47 AM

        Once again. My name is not Richie. Is it so hard for you to understand that there are many people down here in South Florida that don’t care for the Heat?

      • paleihe - Jun 13, 2014 at 11:39 AM

        @dwight:

        Refute something I said. When else has anyone got so much grief for winning two straight championships and making four straight finals appearances?

        This LeBron hate is rather ridiculous. He’s a generational talent and one of the all time best.

      • sportsfan18 - Jun 13, 2014 at 12:12 PM

        Uh, correct in that MJ is comfortably ahead of LBJ…

        But LBJ is comfortably ahead of Kobe…

      • cantonbound13 - Jun 13, 2014 at 2:29 PM

        Last I saw Kobe has 5 rings, to Legina’s 2.

      • duhwighthoward - Jun 13, 2014 at 12:22 PM

        @ paliehe, read cantonbound’s post again. That’s why.

      • duhwighthoward - Jun 13, 2014 at 12:24 PM

        @paleihe, he’s not looking so good anymore. Kawhi is looking like the Finals MVP.

      • pl4tinum514 - Jun 13, 2014 at 1:25 PM

        @paleihe: The Lebron hate isn’t ridiculous, it’s well-earned.

      • cantonbound13 - Jun 13, 2014 at 2:32 PM

        The “King” can talk the talk but can’t walk the walk!

      • paleihe - Jun 13, 2014 at 2:36 PM

        @ Canton: His goal was to win 5, 6, 7 champions. Is LeBrons career over already? And if he doesn’t win another title, so what? He’s still been to five finals appearances and won two.

        And saying that LeBron looks like a failure is beyond ridiculous. Two time champ, two time finals MVP…and he looks like a failure? It’s easy to sit behind a computer and belittle the accomplishments of someone else.

        @ Dwight: If Kawhi is Finals MVP, so be it. If he wins it, it’ll be because he deserves it.

        @ 514: Well earned because of, let me guess, ‘The Decision’. Get over it. That was four years ago.

  5. bucrightoff - Jun 13, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    LeBron doesn’t even need to make any excuses. Not his fault the team behind him is scrubs. LeBron has to be looking at San Antonio and wondering why he can’t be on a team like, a full, complete team where he can be the best player, but not the crutch of the team.

    • sprest83 - Jun 13, 2014 at 11:10 AM

      Another gem to prove you are incorrect…For the 2nd straight game LBJ had the worst plus/minus — -21 — of the 26 players that played. That never happened to MJ in the Finals.

      • bucrightoff - Jun 13, 2014 at 11:20 AM

        +/- is a a somewhat flawed stat. It shouldn’t be totally dismissed, but that fact LeBron had the lowest +/- doesn’t mean much. He was obviously the Heat’s best player last night (at the end of the 3rd he had more FGs than the rest of the Heat team)

        And I don’t like LeBron, my posting history here shows this. But this isn’t 2011 where he’s just coming up small and shierking from the moment. This is just the Cavs all over again, LeBron and a bunch of guys who can have moments but offer nothing consistently.

      • sprest83 - Jun 13, 2014 at 11:24 AM

        I don’t know. I feel it is similar to 2011 finals where the mavs were all over him and he has the same expression again. He looks defeated on offense when Leonard is defending him…very similar to Marion of 2011.

    • duhwighthoward - Jun 13, 2014 at 11:30 AM

      @bucrightoff, You should have your citizenship revoked and be deported for failing to maintain an average level of intelligence.

      You don’t think that half the teams in the league wouldn’t want to keep their superstar and replace the rest of their team with Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh, Ray Allen and Birdman?

      • bucrightoff - Jun 13, 2014 at 11:48 AM

        Dwayne Wade = failing knees due to HGH use
        Bosh = Bosh
        Ray Allen = 7 years past his prime
        Birdman = Lucky Kawhi didn’t finish that dunk and kill him

        Now if LeBron was Mike, or anything close, then yeah, that team could win it all. But that’s the point, he’s not Mike, or anything close.

        I also think it’s disrespecting the Spurs to not give them the vast majority of the credit for the current status of the series. I don’t think there are more than 5 teams ever who can beat them playing as they have for the majority of this series.

      • limonadamas - Jun 13, 2014 at 2:38 PM

        Whoa! A Heat fan admitting one of their players might be using PED’s???

      • bucrightoff - Jun 13, 2014 at 2:47 PM

        A Heat fan? Because I’m not blamming LeBron for everything? Ok then. Perhaps you should notice most of my posts slam the Heat and their fans. But see the problem with giving LeBron all the blame is you have to, by default, give him all the credit when they win. Hence why you see ridiculous articles talking about how he was “transcendent” in Game 2. No….transcendent is what we just saw in Games 3 and 4 from the Spurs. Truly, truly, transcendent.

    • bigbenh8tr - Jun 13, 2014 at 1:38 PM

      Your team isn’t scrubs when you have 3 all-stars in the starting lineup. You all loved Chalmers and Cole last season. You love Birdman.
      Do you not remember when the Celtics won the finals and were getting contributions from Leon Power in decisive games?
      Key difference, they had a real big 3. Not a team that got lucky with foul calls and missed FTs by the Spurs in last years finals. Lebron thinks he can do it all without bench players. I would rather have the heat squad with Shaq and Dwade than this team

    • johnc44 - Jun 13, 2014 at 2:41 PM

      bucrightoff,Why isn`t it his fault?He chose the team and he chose his helpers.
      Him and Wade & Bosh took enough of a pay cut to play with each other but didn`t leave enough to field a full,complete team.That was his “decision”.
      After their “pay cuts” Lebron,Wade & Bosh made 57 million this season.Duncan,Parker & Ginobili made 30.3 million combined because they wanted to be on a team not a big 3.He has every right to play were he wants and make what he can and us haters have every right to not like or respect him.
      He put the thing together so if he doesn`t have enough help he does have some fault in that.

    • rootgamble - Jun 13, 2014 at 2:50 PM

      It kind of is his fault considering he decided to team up with Wade and Bosh leaving no cap room for anything other than veteran minimum players.

  6. sprest83 - Jun 13, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    Can we officially stop making comparisons to MJ now? LBJ is good no doubt, but MJ would not allow his team to play like that. MJ would also elevate his game to such extremes that they would likely be in the game till the very end.

    • liamj55 - Jun 13, 2014 at 9:47 AM

      Sure buddy… Sure…. You receive the prize for the most ridiculous statement. COME ON DOWN! So if we took Lebron off this same exact Heat team and replaced him with MJ, they win??? I don’t think so.

      • sprest83 - Jun 13, 2014 at 9:57 AM

        At the very worst, the game would be competitive and likely go down to the wire.

      • sportsfan18 - Jun 13, 2014 at 12:15 PM

        uh, MJ wouldn’t allow them to lose the way the Heat are now if he was on them and not LBJ…

      • liamj55 - Jun 13, 2014 at 2:12 PM

        DELUSIONAL

      • johnc44 - Jun 13, 2014 at 2:52 PM

        I was no MJ fan but he was 24-11 in finals games and LBJ is 11-15 and MJ`s supporting cast was way over rated.Wade won a championship without Lebron.Pippen couldn`t do squat the 2 seasons without MJ so it`s not even close.

  7. jj871 - Jun 13, 2014 at 9:37 AM

    ….more like the Spurs are bothering him.

  8. bigbenh8tr - Jun 13, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    Feel free to be critical, but had the Wizards not choked away 2 games vs Indiana, I seriously think they might have taken the Heat to 7 or even the won that series. The Heat could not match up against Gorat/Nene at the same time. Wall is light years ahead of Chalmers/Cole, Ariza would be able to guard Lebron well enough to keep him below 30 a game, and Beal is better than Wade at least at this point in his career. Not to mention the Heat’s vulnerability guarding 3 point shooters (Ariza, Webster, Beal)

    Feel free to thumbs down and argue it, but it didn’t happen so we’ll never know. We can at least see the Heat’s weaknesses now

    • bucrightoff - Jun 13, 2014 at 10:18 AM

      Possibly…but the X Factor is the NBA staring a ratings nightmare in the face with Wizards-Spurs. NBA probably doesn’t let it happen.

    • duhwighthoward - Jun 13, 2014 at 11:50 AM

      You make a compelling argument, save for the fact that although he is a great defender, Ariza can’t stop LeBron.

      Reference: When my alma mater was ranked #1 in the nation, they played vs. LeBron and LeBron scored like 50 points on Trevor Ariza.

      • bigbenh8tr - Jun 13, 2014 at 1:47 PM

        Wait you are referencing Highschool stats for an NBA discussion? Get out of here.

        I didn’t say he would shut him down I said he would keep under 30 per game.

        Reference:
        They played 3 times this year with Lebron in the game, Wizards were 2-1 in those games.
        Lebrons point totals were 25, 25, and 23.

        The Wizards were the only team besides the Spurs to beat the Heat by 17 points TWO TIMES this season.

        I think that shows what I am talking about but I’m glad you just have your own opinion based on your highschool memories.

  9. nycalldayz - Jun 13, 2014 at 10:25 AM

    I hope it’s not an excuse, because why even mention the ankle problems. The Spurs are better. The Heat are not as good as the previous two seasons.

  10. kb2408 - Jun 13, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    Let the excuses begin…I find it interesting when players (not only LBJ but the Heat are especially guilty of this) remind us of their injuries after a bad game or a loss but never mention those same injuries after dropping 35 and winning.

  11. cantonbound13 - Jun 13, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    Let this be a lesson to you youngsters. Guys on PEDs eventually wear down.

    • duhwighthoward - Jun 13, 2014 at 11:51 AM

      Dwayne Wade looks bloated like the roiders at my gym.

  12. floreskins - Jun 13, 2014 at 11:07 AM

    And out roll the excuses…

  13. savvybynature - Jun 13, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    Tony Parker had a grade 2 hamstring tear last Finals and I didn’t even know it was that bad until at some point in this season’s playoffs (though you could see he was hobbled).
    Why publicize your injuries in the midst of a series?

    • pl4tinum514 - Jun 13, 2014 at 1:28 PM

      When you need an excuse for losing, that’s when.

  14. biggredbird76 - Jun 13, 2014 at 11:56 AM

    Tony Parkers ankle been jacked since the Trail Blazer series

    • savvybynature - Jun 13, 2014 at 12:12 PM

      Since the Dallas series actually, and he already had a grade 1 hamstring injury when that happened.

  15. phillipsta1 - Jun 13, 2014 at 2:21 PM

    Hahaha! I wondered how long it would take for something to be wrong with him. Definitely never the fact that he has the mental wherewithal of a 3 year old. The only 6’8 240 pound infant in the world. Guess I’ll just “go back to my life and keep dealing with the same problems I had yesterday” and you’ll still be a loser.

  16. cantonbound13 - Jun 13, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    How many all-stars does LeBron need to team up with to win? Not 2, not3, not 4, not 5….

    • naterich21 - Jun 13, 2014 at 4:47 PM

      “All-Stars” Wade and Bosh. lol give me a break. They wouldn’t make it on the All-star team if they played in the West. Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis have showed up more than the chumps of the “big 3″

  17. nicofthenorthstar - Jun 13, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    If his ankle was really a problem, he would have been instructing his team to carry him around the arena. Obviously not that bad.

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