Any professional athlete is going to have some bumps, bruises, aches and pains throughout the season. For the NBA franchises and their players, an 82-game regular season schedule will bring more than just aches and pains. With some teams suffering more complex injuries and long-term player absences, the season can be a nightmare, while others face the everyday pains of a physical sport.
The Miami Heat have seen their fair share of aches and pains this season with Dwyane Wade continuing to deal with the never-ending knee issues, Udonis Haslem suffering some back problems and Ray Allen coming down with an illness. Fortunately for the defending champions, no players have suffered any serious injuries or illnesses. However, the latest scare was a bit too close for comfort.
LeBron James has been dealing with a sore back all season, although it has not hindered his play much. In Miami’s 90-83 victory over the Toronto Raptors Friday night, the All-Star forward re-tweaked his sore back. Now, back injuries are something to always approach with caution, considering the complexity and delicateness of the human back. A slipped disk or strained muscle can end a player’s season, but it doesn’t seem like Erik Spoelstra and the Heat are worried about the league MVP’s back. The aggravation of James’ back occurred in the first half against the Raptors, but he continued to play and led Miami with 27 points.
If Spoelstra was comfortable enough to continue to play James against the unevenly-matched Toronto squad, then team doctors and trainers must not have been too concerned with the injury either. With all Miami has riding on James and this season, they would have sit the star if it seemed necessary.
Spoelstra could find extra time over the next few games as Miami has some easy matchups before the much-anticipated face off with the league leading Indiana Pacers. The Heat will need James and the entire team at 100 percent when they head to Indiana on Dec. 10.
Don’t be surprised to see James get some extra rest the next few games, but as for his sore back, it is nothing that should frazzle fans or the organization.