A few people think Kobe should sit out against the injured and undermanned Clippers. Kobe will try to give it a go; how do you guys feel about this?

notagainDaily News: Kobe Bryant plans to play tonight against the Clippers.

His dislocated right ring finger is no longer dislocated, but it still pains him greatly.  He plans to tape the injured digit when he goes through the shootaround this morning. Then, and only then, will he determine how best to play it against the Clippers.

“I’ll probably have to test it out and see how it goes and see how it loosens up and see how my hand responds to it and just kind of feel my way through things,” Bryant said after sitting out of Tuesday’s practice.

“I’ll know a lot more after the shootaround. I’ll get here early and get my shots up and handle the ball and see what I can do and what I can’t do, and go from there.”

  • zgum

    play for 20 mins!? i think thats enuf…

    drs still a game against d wizards next..

  • sketch

    yeah zgum,

    phil and kobe will assess the game on a quarter to quarter basis. kobe will probably start and if it looks like that the rest of the team can handle the clipps then kobe will continue to rest on the pine.

    i expect a nice double digit win.

  • zgum

    right sketch…

    and besides kobe is too stubborn not too play…

    MVP!

  • Mitch4Pres

    how long is an injury like this going to be painful for him? it’s not permanent like the pinkie thing right?

  • http://www.pablasso.com pablasso

    @Mitch4Pres: No, but it will be pretty sore for a few days (more so if he doesn’t let it rest)

  • LakersFirst

    Kobe should rest against the clippers. He could suit up tomorrow, but shouldn’t play against Washington, unless needed. Then he should start on sunday against san antonio. Imagine Kobe getting an entire 6 days to rest going into the san antonio game.

  • ICE CREAM MAN

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    I agree. No doubt his finger will be sore and he might just be favoring it enough to through off his shot. If this is the case, he should sit it out, especially playing against the Clippers. I’m sure he would of decided this if during the shoot around his shot was being compromised, if not then by all means suit up.

  • http://ld2k.com Chris Manning

    I think he should rest. Clippers have NO CAMBY, KAMAN, RANDOLPH, OR DAVIS.

    I believe we can handle them with our size quite easily.

  • gj

    Give it a rest Kobe.

  • zgum

    oh boy… kobe played for 41 mins…

    good game thou… 3ple 2ble!

  • bernzter

    he’s too stubborn not to play…

    To take a look on it on the bright side…

    They managed to play with him hurt and saw some of the other guys step up… DrewBy and LO played well so did Loose Walton…

    This would help the team out in the end because they could find out what to do if ever he (Kobe) does get injured more seriously than this (hope that never happens at all)…

    OUTS…