That had to hurt! LeBron James was totally knocked over when his own teammate Tristan Thompson elbowed him in the face during Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals on May 21. Watch a video of the embarrassing incident right here!
We can’t decide if we should be laughing or cringing at this! LeBron James, 31, was a victim to his own teammate on May 21, when Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson, 25, got a little too heated with Toronto Raptors center Bismack Biyombo and threw his elbow right into LeBron’s face. Talk about an awkward injury!
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After Bismack fouled Kyrie Irving with 43 seconds left in the first half of the game, Tristan apparently had an issue with the foul and immediately gets up in Bismack’s face. This quickly became a mini brawl between Tristan, Bismarck, and Raptors guard Cory Joseph, which then got LeBron and Raptors forward DeMarre Carroll involved. No punches were being thrown, but all of the sudden Tristan threw his elbow back to push everyone away — and nailed his teammate square in the nose!
LeBron went down in dramatic fashion, as he thought it was DeMarre who had thrown the elbow to knock him over. If that had been the case, DeMarre easily would’ve gotten a technical. But instead, it was his own teammate, which just makes this whole situation simply embarrassing!
Although it wasn’t a Raptor who sent LeBron to the ground, referee Ken Mauer issued technicals to all of the Raptors involved in the scuffle — but once he took a look at the replay, he realized exactly what had happened and reversed them! There were still some penalties issued, though: Cory and Tristan both received DOUBLE technicals!
Considering LeBron wasn’t actually injured after getting an elbow to the face, we have to admit that his reaction made it pretty hilarious to watch. But surely Cavs fans aren’t laughing, because the Raptors ended up winning the game! Surely LeBron will demand that Tristan watches his elbows in Game 4!
What do you think of LeBron’s reaction to getting elbowed in the face, HollywoodLifers? Do you think it was fair for Cory and Tristan to receive double technicals? Tell us below!