With his right hand, LeBron James dribbled just on top of the right elbow and measured his defender, Serge Ibaka.
Ibaka followed LeBron’s hips as the MVP took a subtle step to the left. That’s all LeBron needed. He shot off to the right and blew past the Thunder’s best rim protector.
Ibaka reacted by swinging his left arm in LeBron’s path, hitting him hard on the nose. LeBron took another leaping step and finished with a mic-thumping dunk before falling straight down, hitting the floor hard and immediately going to his knees.
There was blood.
LeBron was bleeding for, what seems like, the first time ever in public.
He left the game with just under six minutes left and didn’t return, but not before scoring 33 points on 15 of 22 shots.
LeBron passed the concussion test and will take an X-Ray, according to Bleacher Report’s Ethan J. Skolnick.
And he passed another.
LeBron made a statement on Kevin Durant’s floor. He outplayed Durant who finished with 28 points on 10-of-22 shooting, made just one of his six three-point attempts and looked frustrated for much of the night.
Tell that to the guy who had his nose broken, or nearly broken, and still finished the play. Tell the guy who outplayed a hardened and desperately-focused Durant that he is coasting.
Tell the guy who won’t watch the media hand another MVP to a “Not LeBron” having a strong year without him at least having something to say about it first. Tell that guy that he’s coasting.
Tell the guy whose last five point totals read 33, 42, 22, 36 and 37 that he is coasting.
LeBron’s out for blood, even if it costs his own.