Originally posted on Fox Sports Florida  |  Last updated 3/21/12
MIAMI It looked scary. LeBron James plowed headfirst into Grant Hill in the final minute and was down on the court for about two minutes. But James' Miami teammate, Dexter Pittman, knows how tough James is. He said he never was too concerned. "Not really," the center said after the Heat's 99-95 win Tuesday night over Phoenix at AmericanAirlines Arena. "I know the guy is like the Terminator, he bounces back up. He's like this creepy, scary guy, Mike Myers, in a movie whenever he gets knocked around. I knew he was going to get up." OK, so is James more like the Terminator or Myers from the Halloween movies? "I would say Micheal Myers," Pittman said. "You can't kill him." James doesn't necessarily disagree. The final question during his post-game news conference was if he ever has had a concussion. "No," James said. "I'm too tough for that." Then he walked away, acting as if nothing had happened. Actually, though, on a night in which James had that scary collision with 29 seconds left, there might end up being more worry about what happened with 4:09 left in the first quarter. Driving to the basket, James was fouled hard by Suns forward Markieff Morris. James, remembering how he once broke his wrist in 2002 after being undercut during a high school summer-league game, wanted to make sure he didn't again brace his fall that way. But he came down hard on his right elbow, the same one he hurt during the playoffs for Cleveland in 2010, an injury that still leads him to wear an elbow pad. James was shooting 2-of-3 before being hit. He then went 6-of-15 the rest of the way playing with what he termed a "stinger." "I was a little bit off for the rest of the game, but I can do other things to help the team," said James, who finished 8-of-18 for 20 points but had eight rebounds and six assists. Fortunately for the Heat, they also have Chris Bosh, who scored a game-high 29 points, and Dwyane Wade, who scored 11 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter. Wade really came in handy when he scored seven points during a decisive 17-0 run that allowed the Heat to turn a 90-80 deficit into a 97-90 lead with just over a minute left in the game. James issisted his elbow is "not a concern" and believes the Heat not playing until Friday at Detroit will give him enough time to get adequate treatment. But James also said the elbow wasn't a big deal in the 2010 playoffs when at one point it was hurting him enough that he shot free throws left handed. James doesn't admit much when it comes to his health. This is one rugged guy. It looked as if James was down for the count when he was going after the ball in the final minute and plowed into Hill's shoulder. While Hill was able to quickly get up, James took a hard blow to the head. "I haven't had one of those hits since I had on pads and a helmet," said James, who played football in high school. "I had a steal coming and then the next thing I knew I was on the floor." James, though, did admit after the game, "I've been better. I've got a little headache, but I'll be all right." James said he didn't have any tests for a concussion. When he was attended to on the floor after the incident, he answered enough questions correctly from the training staff that he was allowed to finish the game following a timeout. "When I heard him saying what the score was and what the time was, I knew he was going to be OK," Wade said. 'He's a tough guy. He's a football player in a sense. There's not too many people who want to run into him. First of all, give Grant a lot of credit for getting up." At 39, Hill is the NBA's second-oldest player. Having James barreling in would send many to the hospital, but he remained intact. "I was trying to set a screen," said Hill, who scored a team-high 19 points. "I don't think he saw me and ran right into me. The old man got up and the young guy (was) on the ground for a while. Luckily, he didn't get hurt. Luckily, neither one of us got hurt." James' ruggedness is legendary among his teammates. He's missed just 30 games in his nine-year career, impressive for the pounding he regularly takes. "He's a tough dude," Bosh said. "He just keeps playing through it." Just like the Terminator and Michael Myers. Chris Tomasson can be reached at christomasson@hotmail.com or on Twitter @christomasson
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