Kobe has no doubt been in a slump, it’s evident his finger is affecting him as of late.

Lakers BasketBlog: Kobe Bryant made just 1-of-14 shots in the first half and 4-of-21 for the game in L.A.’s 95-77 win over Milwaukee, struggling to hit from the field for the fourth consecutive contest (33 percent combined).

The difference in that first half was that Bryant was attempting to play without a splint on his right index finger, on which he suffered an avulsion fracture earlier in the season that he said he aggravated against Sacramento (he also appeared to take a swipe to the finger against Houston on Tuesday evening).

Bryant explained after the contest that playing without the splint afforded him increased range of motion, but made his finger to weak to support his shooting stroke.

“It’s just not strong enough,” he said of the finger, which will of course not keep him out of any game action.

Phil Jackson blamed Bryant’s finger almost exclusively for his shooting struggles:

He has been fiddling around with his “prosthetic” for his broken finger. He went from hard to semi-hard protective plate that was in there and made from lead that was conformed to nothing at all now. It is noticeable in his shooting and he knows it so I think he is going to go back to what worked before.

In short, the splint will go back on until Bryant feels strong enough to shoot without it.

  • muslim mamba

    i hope he can get over it and fight through it and help us win and become the lethal shooter he is and always has been

  • muslim mamba

    they didnt think of the splint two games ago geez that makes me mad

  • http://TheLakersNation Marwan..

    The finger seems “brittle” if you may, when he takes off the splint and tries to shoot. Its not strong enough to handle the ball and since thats the main finger he uses to shoot, he has to adjust to something completely different, and as proven in the last 3 games, its not working for him. The splint takes up alot of space on the ball and that can throw off the balance of the ball.
    Three important games coming up in the month with Orlando Magic next week, AT Cleveland Cavaliers in that same week and at the end of the month AT Boston Celtics.
    We need Pau 100%, Kobe% (that is the most important), Ron Ron 100% (dont believe him when he says he is 100%, he is still affected by the concussion, minor dizziness when he hits his head on something and…. plantar fasciitis on his right foot).
    Lamar and Bynum have been playing fantastic basketball and so have Shannon and Farmar, as long as they step up in moments like this, then that should buy some time for the team to heal up.

  • KBGOAT

    Glad to know that. They should be testing out everything during the season and be prepared for the playoffs.
    I don’t care about best record or mvp (even losing to boston or lebron) as long as they got the ring. But of course they have to take note about HCA.

  • http://57.amklac laffs atu

    maybe he could PASS the f ing basketball, try sometime new???

  • http://TheLakersNation gtfo

    try something new aye???? hm… how about you gtfo off this site and go to redsarmy.com and talk trash bout kobe there, they will agree with you there, or you could try something even better. get off that computer, walk up the stairs out of the basement, into your mom’s living room, out the door and smell the fresh air, find a girl and get married and live a life. hating wont get your anywhere but in the middle of a war. thats what george bush did and left the world to deal with it. no body here hating on anybody else, but you come on here from yo momma’s basement and talk trash bout someone you dont even know. if kobe did something to you, then sure, but the dude did nothing to you and you cmoe on here bitching about how he needs to pass, or how much you swallow when he proves you wrong, or how fast you ride lebron. if you want to hate someone, look in the mirror, hate on yourself for getting yourself into this shit leading you a mess with no life, living with yo momma, grooming your dungeons and dragons figurines and then for 5 minutes a day, come on this fan site and talk shit about someone that lived his life and achieved more than you ever could you lil fuck. he could pass the ball, he did and although the scoreboard doesnt show, he passes alot but for an assist to count, the player must score upon receving the ball and playing in the triangle, its a set up play, kobe doesnt get the assist, who knows who gets it. so shut the fuck up, get your facts right, go out doors, get a job, find a girl, or a guy in your case, that pleasures you more, i heard that lebron is looking for a guy living in his mom’s basement so you got a chance. what team do you go for? doesnt matter, you call yourself a fan for whatever shit you go for, and you spend more time on this site than you do riding lebron. wait… scratch that, you ride lebron more… you call yourself a hater? there is no such thing as being a hater, being a hater means you are jealous of one’s ability and one’s game… that they are a threat of jeopardize your favorite player/ team’s chances of winning and that my friend is how you sum up a hater. a jealous mother fucker that doesnt have a life that sit at home all day typing shit coming from his ass. if you are a hater, why not hate kwame brown? why not hate paul pierce? he has a big chance of taking out the queen of ohio and he did in the season opener, and surprise surprise, lebron walked out on him. what a lil bitch, the guy cant face up to the challenge and dances when he blows out a .500 team that wooped his ass earlier in the season. game tied, lebron drives, wide open layup, ohhh he missed it and kenyon martin with the rebound… wait whats this, oh its nothing new, just lebron bitching to the refs that he got hit when he clearly had no one within a 1 mile radius around him. he hit 2 clutch 3s, one of which was a travel or a *crab dribble* as the bitch calls it, but a travel as what refs call it. but did he win the game? no so those 3s dont mean shit unless he wont it. you see fisher’s 3 in game 4 last year to tie it. if magic got the buzzer beater to win it, that 3 wouldnt mean shit, but since they won that 3 meant alot. so lebron, you can get clutch 3s to put your team down by 1, 2 or 3 but as long as the media suck your dick faster and faster, you will get lost in all the cameras that you will forget who the fuck you are and how to play the game of fucken basketball. laffs atu living in a basement playing dungeons and dragons with lebron, while recording a sex tape, only cause there is a camera that lebron agreed to it and only cause there is a lebron that you agreed to it. both of you win you gay mother fucker :)

    • gugy

      LMAO!!!!
      That’s freaking funny.

      Good for you but I rather ignore these fu-ckers that come to TLN.

  • http://TheLakersNation Marwan..

    Come on now, why is there so much hate? People gotta learn to control themselves. Haters gotta get out of here and people gotta calm down and control themselves. In this world, sport is for entertainment. We gotta remember that we are all brothers and sisters sent by God. I know m getting religious here but my point is, hate escalates violence and thats the last thing we want, especially with alot of it in the middle east (which is where I was born but moved out when I was too, so now I live in Australia).
    Laker fans, Laker haters, face it, outside that door, you all come together for occasions like 4th of July, New Years, occasions like those where you aren’t so different but you are all one, celebrating the same thing as a nation and as a world.
    Wow. First time I wrote something like this but hey, I’ve got a point.
    Back to Laker talk :)

  • http://TheLakersNation Marwan..

    Spelling mistake, (which is where I was born but moved out when I was two, so now I live in Australia)

    two not too.

  • daboss1848

    perhaps its time to (temporarily) change the pecking order . . .

    • showtimelakes

      Well said!

  • Ronin99

    The team should rest him when playing against the weaker teams.

  • http://57.amklac laffs atu

    you girls are right… KOBE PLEASE SHOOT MORRRRRRE….NEVER PASS IT EVEN IF YOUR GIRLIE ARM IS FALLING OFFFFFF.DID THAT GET ALL YOU BALL WASHERS OFF OR WHAT???AYE TARD?

  • http://iamanidiot.com Marwan The Tard

    IM SO FUKIN STUPID!!!I DONT KNOW WHAT IM SAYIN!!! I CANT GET OFF KOBES NUTS….SOMEBODY HELP ME

  • laffs. atu

    my mouth is dry….from sucking kobes penis so much!!!

  • http://57.amklac MARWAN the ta

    can we stop the hate and just swallow whatever spews out of the mamba…..my finger hurts but i`m still shooting more than ever!!!but i`m hurt, i won`t pass the ball because my teammates can`t be trusted…

  • http://iamanidiot.com Marwan The Tard

    …..i apolojizz…i failed to see the mamba is making adjustments and shooting his way out of a slump like he always had…i also failed to see that his title is shooting guard and that his teammates trust him to shoot and pass when its the best option…im a dumba$$