LeBron James Injury: Updates on Heat Star's Cramps and Return

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistJune 5, 2014

USA Today

Updates from Sunday, June 8

CBS Sports' Matt Moore provides an update from LeBron James:

Updates from Saturday, June 7

The Miami Heat provide an update from LeBron James, who spoke about his leg cramps:

Matt Moore of CBS and Bleacher Report's Howard Beck have more from James on his recovery:

NBA on ESPN passes along James' approach to Sunday's game:

Updates from Friday, June 6

SI.com's Ben Golliver and ESPN's Brian Windhorst have the latest on James:

Original Text

Even the superhuman LeBron James can fall victim to muscle cramps, as evidenced by Game 1 of the 2014 NBA Finals.

The Miami Heat officially announced James' situation after the game:

SI.com's Ben Golliver provided LeBron's thoughts:

Jason Lieser of the Palm Beach Post had a bit more from James:

Tim Reynolds of The Associated Press first reported that the Miami Heat star was cramping up and couldn't move toward the end of his team's eventual 110-95 Game 1 loss to the San Antonio Spurs. Reynolds also noted that James had left the floor.

NBA.com provides video footage:

Hardwood Paroxysm showed James leaving the arena:

When James tried to re-enter the game, Miami head coach Erik Spoelstra wasn't having it, per Yahoo Sports' Marc Spears:

Even Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich couldn't deny that LeBron's absence had a major impact on the game, per Sports Illustrated's Ben Golliver:

Part of the reason for the problem was the fact that the air conditioning in the AT&T Center stopped working altogether. Combine that with the heavy minutes that LeBron's been playing all year, and it's bound to form a toxic combination.

Joseph Goodman of the Miami Herald reported that the temperature courtside was 88 degrees, which was actually cooler than it had been earlier, too:

While some may be questioning James' toughness, Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman took up his defense:

James played a total of 33 minutes on the night, scoring 25 points, grabbing six boards and dishing out three assists. The Heat were outscored by 19 points in the fourth quarter.