LeBron James limited by bum ankle, says he’ll ‘be ready to go’ for Game 5
LeBron James admits that his left ankle is a little sore heading into the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Game 5 showdown with the Chicago Bulls, but insists it won’t prevent him from playing when he steps onto the court at Quicken Loans Arena on Tuesday night.
“It’s been better, but it’s been worse,” James said of his bum ankle Tuesday morning, per ESPN’s Dave McMenamin. “So, I’ll be ready to go tonight.”
The injury apparently occurred during the third quarter of Sunday’s Game 4 when James collided with Derrick Rose. Perhaps most impressive is how James persevered and remained in the game, even draining the game-winning shot.
“I don’t know how I finished the game,” James admitted on Monday after watching video of his ankle rolling several times.
James was a limited participant in Tuesday’s walkthrough, indicating that resting the ankle was the wisest course of action.
“It makes no sense [to test it in the morning],” James told the assembled media, reportedly while wearing sandals with his ankle heavily taped. “I’ll give it a test tonight.”
James isn’t the only Cavs player working his way through injuries heading into a critical Game 5 with the series tied at two games apiece. Among the walking wounded is point guard Kyrie Irving, who on top of a strained right foot learned from an MRI Monday that he is suffering from tendonitis in his left knee.
Speaking about the injury issues facing himself and Irving, James seemingly adopted the philosophy that players have no choice but to rise above and play hurt at this time of year and do everything possible to contribute in some way, shape or form.
“When you’re dealing with injuries, you just find other ways to help the team, and I think we both are going to do that tonight,” James said.
If there’s one thing that can be viewed as a relative positive, albeit in a reaching manner, is that discussion of James’ bum ankle at least can redirect the narrative away from all the talk about David Blatt’s perceived shortcomings … at least for a short period of short time.
(image credit: Sportige)