LeBron James Injury: Heat Star Must Go Full Speed to Capture First NBA Title

Alex KayCorrespondent IJune 20, 2012

MIAMI, FL - JUNE 19:  LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat is tended to by medical staff and teammates Juwan Howard #5 while he suffered from cramping in the second half against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Four of the 2012 NBA Finals on June 19, 2012 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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LeBron James was unable to stay on the floor during the last minutes of the Miami Heat’s Game 4 Finals victory over the Thunder due to injury.

Fortunately, it was just a severe cramp that forced the league MVP to the bench. According to Ben Golliver of CBSSports, he’s expecting to be active and starting in Game 5 on Thursday night.

This means that King James will have a chance to close the series at home and win his first ring.

It’s going to take a monumental effort from LeBron to put this feisty Thunder squad away, as they now have their backs against the wall and will fight tooth and nail to bring the series back to OKC.

James is going to have to work relentlessly all through Wednesday and up until the game on Thursday night at 9:00 p.m. ET to make sure he’s fully fit, well-hydrated and mentally prepared for the contest.

Before being carried off the floor, the King put up 26 points, dished 12 assists and grabbed nine rebounds. He shot 50 percent from the floor and hit a huge three that broke a 94-94 tie with 2:50 remaining in the fourth.

Considering that Russell Westbrook went off for 43 points, Durant had a quiet 28 and the rest of the Oklahoma City roster struggled, it would take nothing less than another vintage performance for the three-time MVP to insure Game 5 is the deciding matchup of the Finals.

LeBron is certainly capable of performing Herculean feats on the basketball court; he just has to work to make sure his body does not betray him again.

Losing James would definitely make it near impossible for the Heat to win the Finals.