LeBron James Punched Blackboard After Game 1 & Played Rest of Finals With a Broken Hand

Despite LeBron James averaging 34 points, 10 assists and 8.5 rebounds while shooting 52 percent throughout the 2018 NBA Finals, the Cleveland Cavaliers did not win a single game against the Golden State Warriors. On Friday (Jun. 8), they were swept out of the Finals.

The one game that they had a chance to win, though, was Game 1. You remember that game right? The game where George Hill missed the game-winning free-throw and J.R. Smith grabbed the rebound only to commit the biggest blunder of his life, dribbling out the clock and forcing overtime. The Cavs wounded up with a devastating 124-114 loss, and tons of hilarious memes were created. This we know.

But we didn’t know, apparently, was that LeBron James threw a temper tantrum after the game and punched a blackboard in the locker room out of frustration, causing him to suffer a bone contusion in his right shooting hand.

ESPN’s Brian Windhorst and Sam Amick of USA Today tweeted that James played in the last three games of the Finals with the injury.

Amick said LeBron had an MRI after Game 1, but his hand was too swollen for doctors to see anything. “A second MRI was taken later that indicated it’s a bone contusion in the right hand. It is not expected to require surgery,” Amick tweeted.

Windhorst reiterated Amick’s report, saying that LeBron wasn’t using his injury as an excuse, but he chose to keep quiet “to prevent [the] Warriors from knowning.”

During LeBron’s postgame press conference after Game 4, he commented on the injury, admitting that he’s basically been playing the last three games with a broken hand. He even had a cast on to prove it! He did not, however, confirm that he punched a board to cause the injury.

His exact quote:

“What happened? Self-inflicted, post-game after Game 1. Very emotional, for a lot of different reasons. Understanding how important Game 1 is on the road for our ballclub, what would that have done for us. The way we played, the calls that was made throughout the course of that game, I had emotions on the game was taken away from us. I had emotions of you just don’t get opportunities like this on the road, versus Golden State, to be able to get a Game 1. And I let the emotions get the best of me. I pretty much played the last three games with a broken hand, so that’s what it is.”

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Chris Paul Out for Game 7 in Houston Against Golden State Warriors Due to Hamstring Injury

The Houston Rockets will not have one of their starting players tonight when they take on the Golden State Warriors in Game 7 of the Western Conference NBA Finals. Chris Paul will be out for the game as he is currently suffering from a hamstring injury.

Coach Mike D’Antoni broke the news in a press conference Monday evening (May 28) just an hour-and-a-half before the game in Houston, saying “there was just now way” Paul would be able to play tonight.

Paul also missed the Rockets’ 86-115 loss to the Warriors in Game 6 Saturday in Oakland. Paul was average 21.1 points and 5.8 assists per game in the playoffs this year.

CP3 was one of the Rockets’ star players in their past two wins, average 23.5 points in those games and was a key player in helping them comeback in the fourth quarter of Game 4, which they won by three points: 95-92.

Unless James Harden can pull something big off by himself, without Chris Paul, Houston will most likely lose to Golden State, meaning that the 2018 Finals will probably be GSW vs. the Cleveland Cavaliers—their fourth matchup in a row.

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