CLEVELAND, United States – Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James revealed Friday, June 8 (Saturday, June 9 in Manila) after his team was swept in the NBA Finals that he played the last 3 games with a broken right hand.
The Golden State Warriors beat the Cavs 4-0 in the best-of-7 championship series, but it was after the opening overtime loss in California when James injured himself.
"I let my emotions get the best of me and played the last 3 games basically with a broken hand," James said, displaying his soft cast.
James had become upset in the final seconds of regulation time in the 124-114 defeat, when a foul call was reversed to allow Golden State to equalize and J.R. Smith grabbed a late rebound with the score level but dribbled away from the basket, thinking the Cavaliers led.
Images of a frustrated James talking to Smith became an internet sensation.
ESPN reported James hit a blackboard in the locker room after that game and underwent two MRI exams that showed the fracture, a fact he kept hidden so the Warriors would not know.
"Obviously, I don't have a boxing hand," James said.
. @KingJames : "I let the emotions get the best of me and pretty much played the last three games with a broken hand" (via @NBATV) pic.twitter.com/fyncZbB4wo — SLAM Magazine (@SLAMonline) June 9, 2018