Kobe Bryant injures finger, goes to locker room

Kobe Bryant has returned to the Los Angeles Lakers’ lineup after

spending part of the second quarter in the locker room with a small

break in his finger.

The Lakers said Bryant has an avulsion fracture, in which a tiny

fragment of bone tears away near a tendon or ligament.

Bryant hurt the top joint on the index finger on his right hand

while reaching for a pass along with Minnesota’s Ryan Gomes late in

the first quarter of the Lakers’ game against the Timberwolves.

After getting tape on the finger from trainer Gary Vitti, he

returned to the game briefly in the second quarter before going to

the locker room for the rest of the half.

Bryant returned after halftime with the finger fully covered in

tape, hitting a 3-pointer and two more baskets in the opening

minutes.

Bryant is the NBA’s second-leading scorer with 28.8 points per

game.