First, let’s look at Kyrie Irving, the Cavs’ all-star point guard. Already dealing with a right-foot strain, he has now been diagnosed with tendinitis of the knee; although he plans to play through his injuries, his performance is bound to be effected.
Then, there’s LeBron James, who rolled his ankle in the middle of Game 4 after stepping on and tripping over Derrick Rose’s foot (watch the video here—ouch!) While King James stayed in for the rest of the game, it’s tough to say what he’ll look like for Game 5 tonight against the Bulls.
I know that it’s the playoffs, and the temptation will be for Irving and James to play hard, even while playing injured, but it certainly causes me concern. Playing through a sports injury is almost never a good idea—at best, it can lengthen your recovery time; at worst, it can leave you in much worse shape than ever before.I know how quickly athletes—especially pros—need to get back in the game, which is why, in my Houston podiatry practice, I strive to get you back on the court as quickly as possible. That being said, I will never sacrifice your long-term foot health to please a coach or anyone else. If you are dealing with a sports injury and want to get back on your feet, safely and quickly, schedule an appointment with Dr. Andrew Schneider today.