Lakers guard Kobe Bryant walks gingerly off the court after injuring his foot Friday vs. the Warriors.(Photo Richard Mackson USA TODAY Sports)
A knee injury and ankle injury weren't enough but a foot injury took Kobe Bryant out.
The Los Angeles Lakers guard was helped into the locker room Friday by trainer Gary Vitti after falling with an injury for the third time. The Lakers said the injury probably was a torn Achilles tendon in his left foot. Bryant will have an MRI on Saturday.
I can't walk Bryant said when asked if he thought he might return this season.
GAME Lakers survive despite injury
LAST INJURY Kobe's sprained ankle
Bryant spent most of Friday night's game against the Golden State Warriors getting banged up but didn't leave until apparently hurting his foot on a foul. He writhed in pain before knocking down two free throws with 3 minutes 8 seconds left in the fourth quarter then the Lakers fouled intentionally to get Bryant off the court.
The Lakers held on to win 118 116. But it couldn't have happened without Bryant who had 34 points five rebounds and four assists while playing the first 45 minutes of the game. The Lakers trailed by nine points early in the fourth quarter but Bryant and company launched a furious comeback. When Bryant went out the game was tied at 109.
I hate it for Kobe. I hate it for us. I hate it for L.A. Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni said.
BOX SCORE Lakers 118 Warriors 116
Bryant who guaranteed the Lakers would make the playoffs earlier this season has played more than 40 minutes in six consecutive games and had played every minute Wednesday and Friday before leaving with the injury. The pressure is on because the Utah Jazz are one game behind the Lakers for the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference.
In the third quarter Bryant came down hard on his knee after a collision on a layup. He stayed down for a minute but got back up and stayed in. Then Bryant seemed to twist his ankle on another drive to the basket but again stayed in the game.
The play that caused the injury came on another drive with Bryant crumbling after seemingly minimal contact from Harrison Barnes.
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