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Monday, January 11, 2010
Finger to the wind: A Kobe Bryant injury poll

By Brian Kamenetzky

In the Lakers' 95-77 win over the Bucks Sunday night, Kobe Bryant went 4-21 from the floor, 2-19 on shots that weren't layups. This wouldn't necessarily be an issue (even he can have a bad game) except Kobe came into the night in a 33-90 slump over his previous three.

24's bum right index finger is having a larger effect on his shot than he'd care to say, even while Bryant admitted getting serious face time of late with trainer Gary Vitti over the past week-plus trying to figure out the right way to support the wonky digit.  Splint, no splint. Tape, how much tape? Sunday, he tried to go without the splint (or as Phil Jackson calls it, "his prosthetic"), but it didn't work. "It wasn't strong enough," Bryant said.

After the game, Kobe and PJ both addressed "the finger." Kobe was his typically stoic self typically stoic self, almost casually noting the difference in support and touch with and without the splint, how and when the swelling comes, and so on. It's reasonable to believe he won't miss time- not for a finger at least- but this whole 30% shooting thing isn't going to work, either.

Which leads to today's poll question: