Warriors were aware of LeBron James’ hand injury after Game 1
It’s been days since the Golden State Warriors completed a one-sided win in the 2018 NBA Finals, sweeping LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in four games. That does not mean that James is out of the limelight, however. He still is, albeit in a more negative light, thanks to his “injured” hand.
According to Stephen A. Smith during a recent episode of ESPN’s First Take, the Warriors knew after Game 1 that James had hurt his hand despite the forward’s best efforts to keep it a secret.
“This was not breaking news. A lot of us had heard what happened after Game 1, so we knew that his hand was hurt, and I’m telling you the Warriors knew that his hand was hurt.”
When LeBron James emerged out of the Cavs’ locker room to speak with reporters in a postgame presser following Game 4’s loss, the four-time league MVP was seen sporting a cast on his right hand. Apparently, James took out his frustrations on a whiteboard, thus injuring his hand. James later said that he kept the news of his hurting hand under wraps to keep the Warriors from getting another area to exploit.
Even with the injury, James managed to put up monster numbers in the finals, averaging 34.0 points, 10.0 assists, and 8.5 rebounds in four games.
Whether the Warriors knew or not about James’ hand, what’s certain is that Golden State is going to have another parade downtown Oakland.