The Lakers' Kobe Bryant left Friday night's contest against the Minnesota Timberwolves in the first quarter after suffering a finger avulsion. For those unaware, the term refers to a breaking off of a tiny bone fragment. Bryant was able to return to the game, and finished with 20 points.
Despite Bryant's return, our Lakers blog, Silver Screen and Roll, holds guarded optimism.
Lakerdom's lingua franca added a new medical term tonight: "avulsion fracture." That's what befell the precious right index finger of Kobe Bryant in the second quarter of a 104-92 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. It happened while he was defending Ryan Gomes near the sideline, and it sent him to the halftime locker room early. He returned, with a splint courtesy of trainer Gary Vitti, to play about 18 minutes in the second half, looking more or less OK, but he admitted after the game that it felt "pretty painful." Please commence your candlelight vigils.
We'll follow up with Bryant's status once it's made available. In the meantime, check out Silver Screen and Roll for more on his injury.