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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

LeBron James roughed up in win over Bobcats, Heat sweep


By on 4/29/2014 08:00:00 AM

Miami Heat forward LeBron James took a hard shot to his right thigh during last night's win over the Bobcats. James fought through the pain and helped his Heat make quick work of the Bobcats with 109-98 victory. Miami become the only team to sweep their first round series during this year's playoffs.

The incident occurred during the third quarter when James drove to the basket and collided with Bismack Biyombo. Biyombo's knee went straight into James' thigh, sending the superstar to the floor in pain. James was limping on his right leg for the remainder of the game, but didn't require any time to rest which was a good sign.

James left nothing for certain, and didn't give the Bobcats much of a chance to make an upset during yesterday's contest. He played 43 minutes, adding 31 points, nine assists, seven rebounds and three steals in another big playoff performance. Following the game, James spoke about his condition and the importance of sweeping the Bobcats.
"It's definitely sore . . . I'm fortunate we were able to close out tonight and I can give it a little rest . . . We got tested by a young, scrappy Bobcats team . . . We responded with a championship-type attitude."
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James will most likely be stuck to an ice pack for the better part of a couple days, and require some extra time before he starts practicing. But we all know a big bruise wont stop the reigning MVP from playing all out.

After sweeping the Bobcats in four quick games, Miami will patiently await the winner of the Brooklyn/Toronto series. The series is currently tied at two games and will likely stretch to seven games, giving the Heat extra time to rest. Game five of the Nets and Raptors will be played on Wednesday night in Toronto and you can be sure that James and the Heat will be tuned in watching that game.

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