LeBron facing elbow niggle


CLEVELAND, April 29 – LeBron James, who capped Cleveland's NBA playoff game Tuesday by lobbing up free throws with his left hand, will undergo more tests to try and pinpoint the extent of a puzzling right elbow injury.The Cavaliers had the day off Wednesday which allowed James to rest up and get treatment on the elbow. James is also expected to get more tests done before Saturday’s opening game in their quarter-final playoff series against the Boston Celtics.

"I don’t know, honestly, what’s going on with it," James said after Cleveland’s series-clinching game five win. "I’ve done tests to try and figure this thing out, but it almost feels like you hit your funny bone and it kind of numbs up for a little bit.

"It bothers me more because I don’t actually know what it is. I’ve never had a problem with my elbow before."

Cleveland eliminated Chicago on Tuesday with a 96-94 win in a game in which James missed a left-handed free throw in the last minute.

A Cleveland spokesman said the team would provide a medical update on James as soon as they have it.

James revealed after Tuesday’s win that the injury had been bothering him for some time and that was the reason he wore a protective sleeve over it during the game. X-rays and an MRI taken on Monday showed no obvious structural damage.

James doesn’t think it is serious or will be a long-term problem.

"We will figure it out. I don’t know exactly when it happened. But it’s been going on for a few weeks. Hopefully it doesn’t continue to bother me," he said.