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LeBron James injured shooting hand following game 1 of NBA Finals

by Nick Raffoul
by Nick Raffoul

The Cleveland Cavaliers were heavy underdogs against the Golden State Warriors in the 2018 NBA Finals. Cleveland was swept out of the series on Friday night 108-85.

LeBron James has basically carried the Cavaliers on his back the entire playoffs. At some point you had to wonder if the best player in the world would finally wear down. It appeared so in games three and late in game four. What we didn't know until after the game four loss is that James played injured in the final three games of the NBA Finals.

LeBron broke his right hand following the game one overtime loss. James took out so built up frustration on a white board in their locker room at Oracle Arena.

James scored 51 points in the game one loss. A controversial foul reversal and the brain cramp by J.R. Smith in the final seconds of regulation really fueled LeBron's frustration that lead to the injury. James did have the hand in a cast when he spoke to the media following the season ending loss.

Now with the off season here, what is the future for LeBron. Only time will tell once free agency begins on July 1.

Perhaps the injured hand may play a role in what's next to come for the biggest free agent on the market.