Wednesday , Mar , 10 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Kobe starts against Celtics

Boston, MA (Sports Network) – Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant started
Wednesday’s game against the Boston Celtics despite a sprained right

Bryant, who got hurt against Seattle on March 5, is wearing an NBA-approved
brace on the injured shoulder. He missed the last two games and was expected
to be sidelined for four weeks.

Bryant sustained a sprained acromio-clavicular joint when he collided with
forward Reggie Evans in the first minute of last Friday’s 99-91 win over
the SuperSonics at Staples Center.

Bryant missed six games after spraining the same shoulder against Cleveland on
January 12. He also had surgery last off-season to repair torn tissue in the

The All-Star guard leads the team in scoring, averaging 22.4 points in 46
games this season.