How many basketballs are too many basketballs? That was the question LeBron James learnt the answer to last night as the Cleveland Cavaliers prepared for their game against the Philadelphia 76ers.
With the Cavs taking part in their usual pre-game shootaround, James was keen to get his hands on the ball. Unfortunately, that meant two arriving almost simultaneously - one at high velocity and heading directly for his face.
The four-time MVP didn't stand a chance. Scroll down this article to see the moment of impact.
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LeBron is undoubtedly one of the most prized assets in the entire NBA, but that didn't stop his Cleveland teammates bursting out in laughter as they saw him hit the deck.
Fortunately, James himself saw the funny side too as took a moment on the hardwood to collect himself.
The slapstick moment was actually a part of a Cavs warm up that sees James receive two passes at once. Usually, however, they come at him with a little more give than last night.
Whilst 76ers fans may have hoped the shot to the kisser would knock LBJ off his stride, the pre-game mishap actually appeared to have the opposite effect.
In leading the Eastern Conference team to a 95-85 win, James equalled his season-high with 37 points in the game - adding nine assists and seven rebounds.
Cleveland are in the midst of a seven-game win streak after the victory over a struggling Philly. James, as you'd expect, has been key to the current run and he will look to lead from the front again when the Cavs take to the floor against the Mavericks on Wednesday.
NBA fans: Where does James stand in the current MVP running? Have your say in the comments below...