LeBron James to Continue Playing With Dislocated Finger

by March 28, 2012

LeBron James confirmed that he is, indeed, dealing with a dislocated ring finger. The injury won’t keep him out of action, though. Per ESPN: “I’ve still got work to do,’ James said after the Heat’s practice in preparation for Thursday’s home game against the Dallas Mavericks in a matchup of last season’s NBA Finals. ‘I’ll be ready. I hate using injuries as an excuse. If I’m in uniform, then I should be good to go. The only recovery for it, the doctors told me, was rest. And I think we all know I’m having none of that.’ James injured the ring finger on his left (non-shooting) hand in the first half of Monday’s loss against the Indiana Pacers, but finished the game and never made mention of the dislocation afterward. Addressing the injury for the first time on Wednesday, James said he quickly ‘popped’ the finger back into place and got some treatment before resuming playing against the Pacers. James finished with 24 points, nine rebounds and six turnovers in 41 minutes against Indiana. […] James also has been dealing with lingering elbow and neck soreness from a couple of hard falls he took during a March 20 game against the Phoenix Suns. The combination of injuries has come with James in the midst of his worst offensive slump since he joined the Heat last season. He has averaged 18.4 points and shot about 40 percent from the field over the past five games. For the season, James ranks third in the league in scoring at 26.7 points per game and is shooting a career-best 53.4 percent from the field.”