LeBron James has been battling an injury to his elbow that has clearly affected him at times during the 2010 NBA playoffs.
As the Cavaliers continue their second round series with the Boston Celtics, the team announced that James will not have another MRI, as it is not necessary.
In his last outing, James tabbed 24 points on the night, but was noticeably less aggressive than his normal style of play. James had complained of numbness in the elbow.
Other injuries in the series are from the other side of the court, as the status of Kevin Garnett and Kendrick Perkins, both a little banged up from the series.
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However, the team said that both players will be good to go for Game 3.
“It was a good two days of treatment and I’m good,” remarked Garnett. “It was a very solid day and I’m looking forward to [Friday's] game.”
Celtics head coach Doc Rivers was please with how Garnett looked in practice.
He went most of practice and moved pretty well, which is very good news for us. I was surprised he went — [trainer] Eddie [Lacerte] and I were — but the swelling went down a lot [Wednesday] to basically none today. He said he didn’t feel a lot of pain, so that was good.”
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Garnett did not practice Wednesday despite wanting to. Rivers would not allow it.
“We live on the planet of Doc Rivers,” said Garnett while laughing. “On that planet, you sit out on some days to get rest. [Wednesday] was a productive day, just like [Thursday] was a productive day.”
Perkins has nursed a knee injury, and participated fully on Thursday during practice.
“It’s a little sore, but nothing I can’t play through,” said Perkins of his injury. “It feels a lot better since the last game on Monday. I feel a lot better, coming in and getting treatment with Ed Lacerte. It felt great [Wednesday], improved today, so it’s getting better.”
Perkins went onto say that the rest the team has been able to have between the second and third game of the series have helped dramatically with respect to healing, not just with respect to himself and Garnett
“[Rondo is] a little bruised up from hitting the floor a little bit,” remarked Perkins. “It’s nothing serious. Just a few war wounds.”
The Cavaliers an Celtics are knotted at 1-1 in the best-of-seven series in this Eastern Conference Semifinal match up.
James and the Cavaliers are the betting favorite to win the 2010 NBA Championship on Online Sportsbooks.