Yesterday afternoon while the Miami Heat tried to get their 14th consecutive win, LeBron James experienced an alley-oops moment. More often than none, when the Heat take off in fast break they make you pay in the worst ways.
However during the third quarter, the Heat started to catch up with the New York Knicks. After a fast break opportunity, James took a nasty fall while attempting an alley-hoop, landing awkwardly on the floor. James went on to lie on the floor and stretch his knee. Although he was able to continue playing, making a jump shot 33 seconds after the fall, it became evident his knee was still causing some pain.
The small sighting of a possible injury scared Coach Spoelstra, who considered taking James out of the game to get looked at by the team’s trainers.
“I don’t even know why I asked,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said of possibly taking James out of the game at that point. “He said, ‘I’m fine coach. Don’t even think of taking me out. “
“I don’t want to just assume that he can play 40-plus minutes, but he had to do it on both ends,” Spoelstra said. “Couldn’t get him out in the fourth quarter. If I would have tried, he probably would have strangled me. …
James will have his knee examined today to ensure he has no major injuries and is fit to play against the T’Wolves.
“I will be alright. It might be a little worse the next day. Hopefully … I will be in the lineup” Monday against the Timberwolves.
James went on to score 29 points, 11 rebounds, and seven assists helping the Heat defeat the Knicks for the first time this season, 99-93. Spoelstra may be the head coach of the Miami Heat, but he too knows his role. Sir you are behind James and Wade. Although I’m sure he is a step higher than Bosh, when it comes to those two guys, they will tell you and not be told.