Tuesday , Jan , 13 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Bryant leaves Cleveland game with injury

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant
left Monday night’s game against Cleveland and did not return after he
injured his surgically repaired right shoulder.

John Black, a spokesman for the Lakers, said that Bryant sprained the acromio
clavicular joint and will have an MRI exam on Tuesday.

Bryant was injured with only five seconds remaining in the first quarter, as
he faked Cavaliers swingman Kedrick Brown into the air on a three-point
attempt. Brown eventually came down and landed on the all-star guard’s
shoulder.

Bryant made all three free throws following the collision, but left the game
for x-rays in the team locker room. Bryant did return midway through the
second quarter, but could not play with the discomfort and finally exited the
contest.

The Lakers beat LeBron James and the Cavs, 89-79.

LAL