For decades, it’s been known to man that NHL players are some of the toughest athletes in the world of sports. Time and time again, these ferocious, un-intimidated hockey players take some of the biggest blows. Whether it’s the puck ricocheting off their faces or a high stick to their mouths, another athlete’s view of a serious injury might just be considered child’s play to these ice maniacs.
During Game 4 of the NBA Finals, the Miami Heat once again found themselves in a dogfight with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Prior to the start of the game, the Miami Heat had control of the series 2-1 and was hunting for another victory in hopes to take a commanding 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals.
As the fourth quarter action increased in Game 4, during a Heat fast break, LeBron James went down with “severe” leg cramps (at least that’s how James made it out to be due to his face expressions). James was taken to the Heat bench grimacing in pain as he was carried and assisted by Heat teammates [Juwan Howard and Dexter Pittman].
In the sidelines, the Heat trainers continued to massage LeBron James’ legs. There was nothing but painful screams coming out of James’ mouth. Based on the situation, it seemed as if LeBron James was done for the night.
Nearly three minutes left in the fourth quarter and out of nowhere, King James had risen from the dead. Tied at 94, James, who was limping as he grabbed the basketball jumped and hit a clutch three-pointer to give the Heat a three-point lead. Are you kidding me? It felt like a Willis Reed moment all over again.
The Miami Heat finished the game by beating the Thunder 104-98.
So what’s with all the commotion regarding LeBron James’ leg cramps? Fans, especially various NHL hockey players didn’t quite like how James acted out the injury. No really, trust us… it’s worth reading these tweets.
Winnipeg Jets’ Blake Wheeler:
Dallas Stars’ Alex Goligoski:
Anaheim Ducks’ Nick Bonino:
#1 Draft Pick of the NHL 2010 Draft – Taylor Hall [regarding flopping]
No matter what LeBron James does, the guy just can’t seem to catch a break.
Sources: CBS Boston
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