LeBron says he played last three Finals games with hand injury, undecided on future

June 9 2018 7:30 AM

LeBron James revealed he "pretty much played the last three games with a broken hand" after the Cleveland Cavaliers were swept by the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals.

James suffered his sixth Finals defeat following the Cavaliers' 108-85 game-four loss to reigning champions the Warriors in Cleveland on Friday.

The Cavaliers were outclassed on home court at Quicken Loans Arena and reports immediately emerged of a serious hand injury to James, who reportedly punched a blackboard after Cleveland's dramatic game-one defeat.

James – a three-time NBA champion – scored 51 points but the Cavaliers suffered a 124-114 overtime loss following a bizarre brain fade from team-mate J.R. Smith, who dribbled the ball out in regulation after collecting the offensive rebound with the scores tied.

"Self-inflicted ... after game one," James told reporters after finishing with 23 points. "Very emotional ... the way we played, the calls that were made, I had emotions that the game was taken away from us.

"Pretty much played the last three games with a broken hand."

James received a heartfelt standing ovation as he left the game-four blowout early to allow the Cleveland crowd to say goodbye, potentially.

The 33-year-old is tipped to enter free agency during the off-season – with the Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets possible destinations – and he came out of the clash four minutes from the end to chants of "MVP! MVP!".

Asked about his future post-match, James – who returned to the Cavaliers in 2014 and delivered a championship in 2016 – insisted his decision will revolve around his family.

"The one thing that I've always done is obviously consider my family," the four-time MVP said.

"Especially where my boys are at this point of their age. They were a lot younger the last time I made a decision like this four years ago.

"Teenage boy, pre-teen and a little girl that wasn't around last time as well.

"So I'll sit down and consider everything. My family is a huge part of whatever I decide to do."

Latest news

May 24, 2019

 12:06 PM
 11:16 AM
 11:08 AM
 10:22 AM
 7:02 AM
 6:42 AM
 5:44 AM
 5:28 AM
 4:58 AM
 1:14 AM
 12:35 AM

May 23, 2019

 11:50 PM
 11:37 PM
 10:38 PM
 9:43 PM
 4:48 PM
 8:35 AM
 7:12 AM
 6:34 AM
 1:41 AM
 1:33 AM
 1:26 AM
 1:15 AM

May 22, 2019

 10:46 PM
 10:23 PM
 2:24 PM
 1:27 PM
 1:09 PM
 11:27 AM
 10:30 AM
 7:36 AM
 6:45 AM
 5:25 AM
 5:08 AM
 2:48 AM
 2:37 AM
 2:27 AM
 1:48 AM

May 21, 2019

 11:53 PM
 10:05 PM
 7:22 PM
 6:17 PM
 8:43 AM
 8:00 AM
 7:31 AM
 7:26 AM
 6:51 AM
 6:38 AM
 6:07 AM
 4:55 AM
 3:19 AM
 2:28 AM
 1:58 AM
 1:13 AM
 1:01 AM
 12:49 AM

May 20, 2019

 8:32 PM
 1:00 PM
 11:33 AM
 6:53 AM
 6:08 AM
 5:36 AM
 4:56 AM
 4:32 AM

May 19, 2019

 1:13 PM
 1:00 PM
 8:25 AM
 8:05 AM
 7:04 AM
 6:34 AM