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