NBA Finals 2018: LeBron James 'played the last three games with a broken hand'

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LeBron James (Getty Images)

LeBron James revealed after Friday’s Game 4 loss to the Warriors that he broke his right hand following the Cavaliers’ Game 1 loss of the NBA Finals, saying his emotions go the best of him. The Warriors swept the Cavaliers, closing out the series in Cleveland with a 108-85 win.

The injury occurred moments after Cleveland’s disheartening overtime loss at Golden State when he punched a whiteboard in frustration, ESPN reported.

“Postgame, after Game 1, very emotional,” James said. 

James was wearing a cast on his right hand when he addressed the media Friday and called the injury “self-inflicted,” adding, “I let the emotions get the best of me and pretty much played the last three games with a broken hand.”

A number of factors accounted for his frustrations, he said.

“Understanding how important a game is on the road for our ball club, what [winning the opener] would have done for us. The way we played, the calls that were made throughout the course of that game, and I had emotions that the game was taken away from us,” James said. “I had emotions that you just don’t get an opportunity like this on the road against Golden State to be able to get a Game 1.”

Despite the injury, James posted phenomenal numbers throughout the four-game series. He averaged 34 points, 8.5 rebounds and 10 assists per game. After scoring 51 points in Game 1, James scored 29 in Game 2, 33 in Game 3 (including a triple-double) and 23 in Game 4.