Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James caused an arena full of Cavs fans to lose their collective breath last night when he hit his head on a baseline camera and began bleeding. He did, however, stay in the game after getting the bleeding to stop without having to leave the game. He did later get stitches.
LeBron ended up playing 41 minutes in the Cavs' 103-82 loss and never underwent any concussion tests despite later admitting to having a headache.
"No, I didn't have to go through any concussion protocol," LeBron said during his postgame media availability. "I had a slight headache, which I think every last one of you guys would probably have if you ran into a camera. You might have a little bit more than that. But I didn't go through any protocol. I'm fine. Like I said, I got a few stitches and I got a little slight headache right now, but I'll be fine with that."
When LeBron went down, he was fouled by Andrew Bogut while shooting and was set to shoot two free throws. Per NBA rules, however, if James had been unable to shoot his free throws and had gone back to get his head checked, he would not have been able to return for the rest of game. It should be interesting to see if James undergoes any sort of testing before Sunday's Game 5. While a headache isn't a definitive sign of a concussion, it is one of the symptoms.
Here are two photo of James' cut, one via Deadspin's Tim Burke and the other via ESPN.