10:30 PM ET, December 20, 2013
STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA
Kobe Bryant will likely be out at least six weeks with an injured left knee, which becomes the second major injury setback of the year to the Los Angeles Lakers’ superstar guard.
Yesterday a MRI exam revealed the pro basketball player has a fracture in his lateral tibial plateau — the top of his shinbone near his knee.
Bryant made his season debut with Los Angeles (12-13) on Dec. 8 after nearly eight months away while recovering from a torn Achilles tendon. The shooting guard apparently was hurt again Tuesday in a 96-92 victory versus the Memphis Grizzlies while playing his fourth game in five nights.
After playing six games in 10 days, Bryant is out again until February or longer — and Los Angeles’ already horrible run of injuries got even uglier as they prepare to host the Minnesota Timberwolves (13-13) this evening.
Los Angeles also announced Steve Nash wont be suiting up for at least four more weeks with nerve root irritation, leaving injury-riddled Lakers without its top three point guards and Bryant — who filled in at the point in recent games — for at least another week.
Without the 35 year-old Bryant on Nov. 10, Los Angeles saw their 22-game run versus Minnesota come to an end with a 113-90 home defeat. It was the longest active winning streak between two NBA rivals, and Bryant had played in all but one of those wins.
Kevin Love had 25 points and 13 rebounds in last month’s meeting and Kevin Martin scored 27 for the Timberwolves.
Love scored 29 points, grabbed 15 boards and handed out nine assists Wednesday as Minnesota beat the Portland Trail Blazers 120-109 for their fourth win in six games.
According to the NBA live lines, Nikola Pekovic had a season-high 30 points and added nine rebounds, while Martin scored 22.