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LeBron James dives for loose ball, injuring Jason Day's Wife, Ellie, during Cleveland Cavaliers' NBA game

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Ellie Harvey, wife of golfer Jason Day (not pictured), leaves the arena on a stretcher. © David Richard/USA Today Sports Ellie Harvey, wife of golfer Jason Day (not pictured), leaves the arena on a stretcher. Jason Day's wife, Ellie, has been forced on to a stretcher after being collected by LeBron James as the NBA star dived for a loose ball during today's game against Oklahoma City.

With just five minutes left in the Cleveland Cavaliers' 104-100 win over the Thunder, James deflected a pass and chased it towards the sideline where Day was sitting with his wife.

The PGA Championship winner reached for the ball but could not get a hand to it and the 203-centimetre, 113-kilogram forward leapt for it, landing heavily on Ellie Day in the front row.

Unaware of the severity of the injury, James leapt out of the pile to get back into the play, but regularly went over to the group checking on her over the next few minutes before she was put in a neck brace and taken away on a stretcher.

"Obviously her health is very important and hopefully she's doing well. The guys told us she's doing great now," James told reporters after the game.

"But going for a loose ball, I was just trying to keep a possession going and hate that that was the end result of it."

Despite this and a handful of incidents over the years, the outcomes of which vary from amusing to serious, James said he did not feel the floor seats were too close at NBA games.

"No, I think it's a great experience for our fans and that doesn't happen much," he said.

"It's unfortunate it happened tonight but it doesn't happen much. Our fans are why our game is so great and sitting courtside is all part of the game and it's pretty cool.

"If I was a fan, which I am, I would love to sit courtside and watch games."

LeBron James  runs back onto the court after colliding with Jason Day's wife Ellie. © David Richard/USA Today Sports LeBron James runs back onto the court after colliding with Jason Day's wife Ellie. Several other Cavaliers went over to the seats and Australia's top golfer appeared to reassure them of her wellbeing.

ESPN's resident Cleveland reporter, Brian Windhorst, said Day was talking on the stretcher and was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Jason and Ellie Day have a house in Columbus, Ohio and regularly attend games. The Cavaliers even tweeted about the Days' presence in 'The Q' earlier in the day.

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