LeBron James dislocated the ring finger on his left hand during Monday’s loss at Indiana, accoring to an ESPN report.
The injury, which may have occurred in the first half, did not force James out of the game and he finished with 24 points and nine rebounds in a 105-90 loss. But while it his non-shooting hand that was affected, the minor injuries are mounting for James, who is already playing through soreness in his right elbow.
James made 9 of 21 shots in Indiana, and the elbow trouble may be to blame for his 40 percent shooting clip over the past five games. On the season, James is shooting a career-best 53 percent from the field this season.
The Heat currently sit 3 1/2 games behind Chicago for the top spot in the Eastern Conference. And even with Derrick Rose still sidelined by a strained groin, the Bulls don’t appear to be giving any ground. Despite Monday’s loss to the Nuggets, Chicago has won five of its last seven without the reigning MVP — an encouraging run that has allowed the Bulls to ease Rose back slowly.
With a four-game cushion on the Magic, Miami could choose to rest its star if needed, but don’t expect James to sit for Thursday’s NBA Finals rematch against the Mavericks.
Last week James and his Heat teammates made national headlines off the court for donning hoodies and speaking out in support of Trayvon Martin, the Florida teenager who was killed by a neighborhood watch captain.
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