It's going to take more than a nasty, bloody gash to stop LeBron James from playing in these NBA Finals.
King James suffered a cut on his head during a late second quarter fall, in which he collided with a cameraman, during Game 4 of the Finals between his Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors. James finished with 20 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists in the Cavs' 103-82 loss.
James needed stitches — "Enough to close it up," he said — but told reporters he is "fine" and will be ready to go for Game 5 on Sunday night. That's vital, as the series is tied up 2-2.
"I had a slight headache, which I think every last one of you guys would probably have if you ran into a camera. You might have a little bit more than that. But I didn't go through any [concussion] protocol. I'm fine," James told the media in his postgame press conference Thursday night, as reported by Cleveland.com. "Like I said, I got a few stitches and I got a little slight headache right now, but I'll be fine with that."
James took a tumble into the cameraman after being fouled by Warriors center Andrew Bogut. Immediately, he grabbed his head in visible pain. ABC cameras then showed a closeup of the nasty gash.
"I was just trying to regain my composure, and I was holding my head. It was hurting. I was just hoping I wasn't bleeding. But obviously the camera cut me pretty bad," James said. "Our medical staff did a great job of stopping the bleeding."
The Finals shifts back to Oakland for the pivotal Game 5 on Sunday night.
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