Anytime you see LeBron James go down in a heap you right away hold your breath, and Thursday night in the Cavs four-point loss to the Rockets, Cavs fans were gasping for air in the first quarter when James went down after stepping on the foot of Trevor Ariza.
James rolled his ankle on the play, an injury that Cavs fans are always worried about as the superstar has been dealing with ankle issues all season, but has played through it.
He was able to get up and walk over to the bench during the timeout following the injury, and after the game to the surprise of no one confirmed he’ll be good to go for Saturday’s Cavs battle in Dallas.
“What’s today, Thursday?” James asked the pool of reporters. When someone mentioned ‘yes’ James replied “I’ll be ready to go Saturday.”
James was sidelined for much of training camp with a sprained left ankle, but has played in all 12 of the Cavs games thus far this season.
He admitted after the game that the ankle issues have been frustrating, but he’s determined to get past them and keep moving forward.
“It’s been the story of the early season for me, kinda turning my ankles,” James said.
“Just gotta lace em up tighter and get back out there, it was a good challenge for us and I liked the way our ball club played.”
The Cavs loss puts them at 5-7 on the season, as they continue to try and get things moving and get on a streak here early in the season.
“The step back three’s that James (Harden) was hitting, you’ve got to live with something,” James said. “One thing we can do is a better job at offensive rebounding, it’s already hard enough to guard a team that shoots 45 three’s a game, and you give them an opportunity to do that, then try not to put them at the free throw line.
“We played a pretty good game but I’m not here for moral victories, it’s not what I am about.”