Kobe Bryant Leaves Arena On Crutches, Expected To Get MRI

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NEW ORLEANS (CBS/AP) – Kobe Bryant had 17 points for the Lakers, but did not score in the first half and finished 5 of 18 shooting.

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He also came up lame late in the fourth quarter, favoring his left foot after turning it prior to a collision with Willie Green.

Bryant was forced to come out of the game, but quickly returned in the games final minutes.

After the game, Bryant was seen leaving the arena on crutches but still expects to play in game 5 on Tuesday night. The injury is being called a sprained left foot and he is expected to have a MRI on Monday.

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