When Kobe Bryant suffered a dislocated right ring finger in the opening minutes of the Lakers’ victory over Cleveland, it was the latest in a string of injuries suffered at the hands of the Cavaliers. Bryant expects to play Wednesday against the Clippers, so this injury is not expected to be anywhere near as serious as earlier ones suffered against Cleveland.
He suffered a badly sprained ankle when he accidentally stepped on the foot of Cleveland’s Ira Newble in the 2004-05 season. He also hurt his shoulder when Newble bit on a pump fake and crash-landed onto him a season earlier.
Bryant sat out for one month after hurting his ankle Jan. 13, 2005, returning to face the Cavaliers in Cleveland. He missed more than a month because of the shoulder injury, suffered Jan. 12, 2004, sitting out the rematch Feb. 4, 2004, in Cleveland.