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Pierce: Hurt LBJ still one of the best

Posted by Julian Benbow, Globe Staff  April 29, 2010 04:58 PM

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The word out of Cleveland is that a strained right elbow and and a bone bruise of his olecranon were what had LeBron James shooting a free throw with his left hand at the end of Cleveland's 94-96 series-clinching win over Chicago Tuesday night.

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Like a lot of people who saw replays of James wincing as he held his right arm after using it to make a free throw, Celtics center Kendrick Perkins was puzzled.

"It’s just crazy," Perkins said. "The whole elbow situation is crazy. He makes one with his right arm, then all of a sudden, he’s hurt with his left arm. So, I don’t know. That whole situation’s crazy. But we’re not really worried about what’s going on their end, we’re worried about us."

James, of course, was typically otherworldy, dropping 31.8 points, 9.2 assists, and 8.2 rebounds on the Bulls in the first round. He averaged 36.5, 8.3, and 6.5 in four regular season games against the Celtics, which led Paul Pierce to point out, "LeBron with a bad elbow is still better than 95 percent of the league, so it doesn’t matter."

"He's fine," Rivers said. "I tell you what, If he goes three or four games and shoots left hand only, I'll believe it's hurting. Other than that we're going to be ready for the LeBron that we've seen all through the playoffs."

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