Ron Artest(notes) appeared on "The Carmichael Dave Show" in Sacramento on Tuesday and was asked what effect Kobe Bryant's(notes) errant elbow had on him during Game 2 of the heated Rockets-Lakers series. His answer, via Sports Radio Interviews, was a little surprising:
"... I couldn't shoot the ball anymore. He hit me right at the point of my collarbone, so, like my whole left side of my neck, and my left chest was so tight. I couldn't even sleep on it, he hit me that hard and it had been downhill ever since then. It really threw my shot off, you know, I had been shooting the ball well. I shot it well in Game 6 in Portland, in games one, two, and three, I was shooting the ball really well, and then it caught up to me. I'm still in a little bit of discomfort right now ..."
(Host: "Did you get it checked out?")
"No, it's getting better. It was a bruise."
Just to clarify: Ron Artest shot 17-61 (28%) from the floor in his last 157 minutes of play because of a bad bruise.