CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – After getting kneed in the left quad in the fourth quarter of Friday’s 108-102 Cleveland Cavaliers victory over the Philadelphia 76ers, LeBron James is hoping he will be able to play on Sunday.
“It’s sore, probably be a lot worse tomorrow,” James said. “So, probably be around the clock treatment try to get ready for Sunday.”
James, who scored a season-high 31 points and recorded 13 assists in Friday’s win, was injured while driving to the hoop with 9:18 left in the contest. After missing the shot attempt, the Cavs’ forward fell hard to the floor and eventually walked slowly to the bench.
“I told coach he has to leave me in or at that point I probably won’t be able to come back in because it’s probably just going to get tightened up on me,” James said. “I was able to play a couple more minutes after that and I actually come out after that.”
The injury occurred after James dropped 18 points in the third quarter and helped Cleveland take the lead after trailing by one point at halftime. 23 of his 31 points came in the third and fourth quarters.
“It’s part of the game,” James said. “Sometimes there’s nothing you can do about it. It’s not frustrating because it’s something that my training staff and myself will keep a close eye on. Hopefully it doesn’t stop me from playing on Sunday with a quick turnaround in an early game, but it’s not frustrating.”
Earlier in Friday’s game, James surpassed 9,000 career made field goals. His 31-point, 13-rebound performance marked his third double-double of the young season and 292nd of his career.
In addition to James’ leg injury, Tristan Thompson received three stitches above his right eye after a collision with Nerlens Noel in the first half.
“If you’re a big man and don’t get no wounds or get no cuts, you’re not playing hard enough,” Thompson said.
The Cavs (5-1) will practice on Saturday afternoon and welcome the Indiana Pacers at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday at Quicken Loans Arena.