With the playoffs quickly approaching, LeBron James isn't going to let injuries get the best of him.
The Cavaliers forward claimed to feel "fine" after suffering a brutal elbowing to his back during Monday's ugly 103-74 loss to the Spurs.
"I'll be ready by Thursday [in Chicago]," James said after the game, via ESPN. "I got elbowed in the neck and spine."
James endured a hard hit from Spurs forward David Lee in the middle of his upper back in the third quarter and writhed on the floor in pain for several minutes before being forced to exit the game early. According to ESPN, Lee assured he "didn't even know" he had struck James.
James was accompanied by Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love on the bench as they sat out the fourth quarter. Despite James' opposition and desire to keep playing, the starters could be resting more during the team's final regular season games.