LeBron James had a rough night Tuesday in the Miami Heat's 99-95 win over the Phoenix Suns.
He re-aggravated an old right elbow injury he had when playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Then, he suffered a blow to the head after colliding with the Suns' Grant Hill in the final 30 seconds of the game.
The Heat took timeouts after both injuries and James was able to stay
in the game both times. The elbow injury occurred after he fell hard
after a foul by Phoenix's Markieff Morris.
said he had a "stinger" in his right arm that caused him the same
numbness that affected him during the 2010 playoffs and once forced him
to attempt a free throw left-handed. He still wears a padded sleeve on
his right arm to protect the elbow.
"It's the same elbow I hurt in
Cleveland so I was a little off, I would say, for the rest of the
game," said James, who had 20 points but struggled from the floor after
the hard landing.
"We'll see the next couple days. I'll come and get some treatment on it. Hopefully doesn't cause any problems."
did not remember the immediate moments after the blindside hit from
Hill as both players went for the ball. James said he had a headache,
but said he did not have tests for a concussion after the game.
trainers did ask him questions, such as the time and score of the game,
before allowing him to return to the court. He laid on the floor, at
times flat on his back, for several minutes aftrer the hit.
never had one of those hits since I've had on pads and a helmet. I don't
know exactly what happened," James said. "I had a steal coming and the
next thing I know, I was on the floor."
James said he's never had a concussion.
"No, I'm too tough for that," James said.