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Kobe Bryant sprains right pinkie, x-rays negative

12/17/2010

ESPNLA's Dave McMenamin has the news here on Kobe Bryant following Friday's win in Philadelphia.

He- Kobe, not Dave- doesn't expect to miss Sunday's game in Toronto. How much this will impact Bryant's play going forward- tonight he said it was "hard for me to kind of hold the basketball," something he'll periodically need to do between now and the end of the season- remains to be seen. That it's the same pinkie he hurt back in '08 likely helps, thanks to the "been there, done that" factor. Generally speaking, we've seen this movie before, and know how it ends. Kobe dings a finger, is somewhat erratic in the short term, and adjusts in the long.

Until news/his performance suggests otherwise, that's the template off of which I'll work.