Friday , Jan , 14 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Kobe KO’d with sprained ankle vs. Cavs

Los Angeles, LA (Sports Network) – Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant left
Thursday’s 98-94 victory against the Cleveland Cavaliers after suffering a
severely sprained right ankle in the first quarter.

Bryant suffered the injury at the 5:39 mark of the opening period when he
stepped awkwardly on Cleveland’s Ira Newble after grabbing a rebound. The All-
Star had to be carried off the court and into the locker room and did not
return.

X-rays taken were negative and an MRI on Bryant’s ankle will be performed
Friday to determine whether any ligament damage has occurred.

Bryant, who entered the contest ranked second in the league with a 28.2 points
per game average, had two points and three assists in six minutes.

LAL