With just seconds remaining in the first half of Wednesday's game in Portland, Coach Mike Brown's life probably passed before him.
On a drive to the basket, All-Star forward LeBron James came up limping. He went to the locker room with about 20 seconds remaining in the second quarter. Word soon circulated that James had a sprained right ankle.
He came out to start the third quarter, but clearly his ankle bothered him. He played tentatively for most of the third quarter. Then in the fourth, he went spastic. He scored 17 of his game-high 37 points in the final quarter. He outscored the Trail Blazers, 17-15, in the fourth quarter. His driving layup with 0.3 seconds left was the game-winner in the Cavs' 84-83 win.
James said afterward, his ankle will likely be barking in the morning. Remember, the Cavs face Seattle tonight, the final game of the three-game West Coast trip.
Another injury to a key player would have been disastrous. The Cavs are already missing guard Sasha Pavlovic and forward/center Anderson Varejao.