LeBron James said he suffered a scratched cornea in last night’s win against the Charlotte Hornets. According to Jason Lloyd of The Athletic, James said “if coach decides to give me a game off (Saturday), it's not because I'm resting. It's because I'm banged up."
James suffered the injury when he was hit in the eye by Charlotte guard Jeremy Lamb. In a physical game, James also took a season-high 14 free throws.
Per Lloyd, James had a hard time opening his eye. He had it checked by the Hornets’ doctor and was given eyedrops.
LeBron leaving locker room to go get his eyes/vision checked. Can barely open his right eye right now— Jason Lloyd (@JasonLloydNBA) March 25, 2017
The Cavs are 0-6 on the season without James. Additionally, the team only leads the Boston Celtics by one game and the Wizards by 3.5 games entering Saturday’s game. James might get a night of rest in a stretch where the Cavs play three games in four nights and just wrapped up a bi-coastal road trip. The Celtics are off Saturday, but play Sunday against the Heat.
Because of travel back from Charlotte, the Cavs won’t have a shootaround today. Expect an update on James status closer to tonight’s tipoff. As of now, the Cavs have not officially announced James’ status for tonight’s game.
The Cavs and Wizards tipoff at 7:30 p.m. tonight in Cleveland.
Update - 4:11 p.m.
James is listed as questionable for tonight’s game:
LeBron James is listed as questionable tonight vs WAS with R eye corneal abrasion suffered in 3Q last night in Charlotte.— Joe Gabriele (@CavsJoeG) March 25, 2017