Hours after LeBron James was presented with his second straight MVP trophy in front of a sell-out crowd, James certainly did not play like one.
The city of Cleveland should be holding its breath, because James is injured, and the Cavaliers are now in trouble.
James, who seemed to be favoring his injured right elbow, scored 24 points in the Game Two Eastern Conference semifinal loss to the Boston Celtics.
LeBron didn't play like his dominant self, and at times, looked over at the bench complaining about his elbow. The Cavaliers' next game isn't until Friday, so at least James has some time to rest and get healthy.
He's certainly going to need it.
So in honor of the injured elbow, here are the top five all-time greatest performances by an injured athlete.
One thing is for sure: LeBron James' Game Two performance is not on this list.
Michael Jordan wasn't injured, but he wasn't supposed to play in Game Five of the 1997 NBA Finals, either.
Game Five, often referred to as "The Flu Game," was one of Jordan's most memorable. Prior to the game, Jordan was fighting the flu and was going up against a rejuvenated Jazz team that had just won two games in a row to tie the series.
Chicago needed its leader in this vital swing game.
Leave it to Jordan to have one of his greatest games of all time.
Struggling even to stand at times, Jordan scored 38 points to win his team to a 90-88 victory over Utah.
There’s not too much that can be said about Jordan's performance during this game. Except that I hope everyone was able to watch in amazement at that man’s desire to succeed and to become the best to ever play the game of basketball.
In Game Six of the ALCS, Curt Schilling took the mound following a procedure to aid his ailing right ankle.
With a sock soaked with blood from the sutures used in the medical procedure, Schilling had one of greatest pitching performances in MLB playoff history. He pitched seven strong innings, giving up one run on four hits and striking out four.
Schilling's Game Six performance allowed the Red Sox to even the series at three games apiece. In Game Seven, the Red Sox defeated the New York Yankees 10–3 to become the first team in Major League Baseball history to win a seven-game series after losing the first three games.
As memorable as the Red Sox comeback was, Schilling's gutsy and courageous performance will never be forgotten.
Teamwork and guts define Marshall Thundering Herd quarterback Byron Leftwich's performance against the Akron Zips roughly eight years ago.
The former seventh overall pick of the 2003 NFL draft, Leftwich rallied his team to a 17-point comeback against the Zips, although the Herd lost 34-20.
After breaking his shin earlier in the game, Leftwich returned to action. Despite not being able to run, offensive linemen Steve Sciullo and Steve Perretta carried Leftwich, play after play.
Although Leftwich failed at rallying his team to a comeback victory, he walked off the field a winner.
I wasn't around to watch this game, but every list pertaining to the greatest all-time performances by an injured athlete must have Willis Reed's Game Seven performance of the 1970 NBA Finals.
No one was sure if Reed was going to play. The center and captain of the New York Knicks had suffered a torn muscle in his right thigh during Game Five against the Los Angeles Lakers, and was unable to play in Game Six.
Prior to Game Seven, Reed took an injection to dull the pain in his leg, and just moments before tipoff, he was seen limping out of the tunnel and onto the court.
Although Reed did not make an impact on the scoreboard, his presence led to one of the most inspirational performances in NBA history, as the Knicks went on to win their first NBA championship in franchise history.
Tiger Woods' 14th major championship was his greatest performance of his career, and certainly his most memorable.
For 91 holes at the famous Torrey Pines golf course, Woods was seen limping in agony, as his knee was throbbing. Woods had no choice but to compete, as his competitive nature did not allow him to withdraw from the U.S. Open.
Woods, who revealed after his historic U.S. Open victory he was preparing for arthroscopic surgery on his left knee to repair a double stress fracture and a torn ACL, was able to defeat Rocco Mediate on the first hole of the sudden-death playoff, capturing another major championship.
By winning the 2008 U.S. Open, Woods became just the second man, after Jack Nicklaus, to win each of the majors at least three times.
Since his epic victory, Woods has become more famous for his sex scandal than his play on the golf course.
No one should ever forget how Woods won the 2008 U.S. Open on an injured leg though. Whether you like Woods or not, it's certainly a performance worth remembering.