Kobe Bryant injured his arm against the Oklahoma City Thunder Tuesday night (March 5). The Bryant arm injury was just one of many reasons why the Lakers lost badly to one of the Western Conference leaders.
Bryant suffered an elbow injury when he got tangled up with Thabo Sefolosha in the first half. Bryant ended up having to leave the game right away in a lot of pain. He went to the locker room, but the good news for fantasy basketball owners is that he was able to return later. He was diagnosed with an ulnar nerve contusion and it clearly wasn't serious enough to keep him out of this game. Bryant wasn't out six minutes of game time before he was back on the court though.
After scoring 71 points in the first half alone, Oklahoma City slowed down a bit in the second half but still won the game 122-105. Russell Westbrook finished with 37 points on 15-of-29 shooting and Kevin Durant added 26 points, nine rebounds, five assists, three steals, and three blocks. Despite his injury, Bryant finished with 30 points on the night and was aided by 20 points from Steve Nash.
With this win, the Oklahoma City Thunder improved to 44-16 overall and 27-4 at home. The team still trails the San Antonio Spurs for the No. 1 seed in the West, but offensive performances like what Russell Westbrook put up in this game could certainly help erase that deficit.
The LA Lakers slip to 30-31 now, costing the team another half game in the Western Conference standings. To chase down the Utah Jazz or Houston Rockets, the Lakers cannot afford to lose many more games. Regarding the injury to Kobe Bryant, fans and fantasy basketball owners will want to check up on him again Wednesday (March 6) when the team releases a report on his arm.
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