After shrugging off injury en route to another clutch performance, Bryant may again be hampered when the Los Angeles Lakers visit the struggling Warriors.
Despite a sore wrist, Bryant scored the Lakers’ last six points on three long jumpers, including the go-ahead basket with 8.6 seconds left in a 99-98 win over LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday.
Bryant, who had scored at least 40 points in each of his previous five games, was injured in the second quarter when James’ elbow accidentally came in contact with his wrist. X-rays of his wrist at halftime were negative.
Bryant sat out the first five minutes of the fourth period before taking over late. He told teammates to pick up the slack because it was painful to shoot the ball.
“It’s pretty sore,” Bryant said.
It’s uncertain if the injury will cause Bryant to miss any time.
“He’s a strong-willed dude,” teammate Lamar Odom said.
Golden State, meanwhile, has lost four straight and nine of 12. At 17-18, the Warriors are under .500 for the first time this season.
“It’s pretty obvious to me our confidence is shot a little bit and we’re just going to have to work our way through it,” Warriors coach Mike Montgomery said.
Davis was one of six Warriors who scored in double figures, but Golden State was held to 38 percent shooting. Mike Dunleavy added 15 points and rookie Ike Diogu had 13, but Warriors leading scorer Jason Richardson was held to 12 points on 5-of-14 shooting.
“We have a tendency to settle for jump shots and that’s been our problem all year long, we take bad shots and difficult shots,” said Dunleavy, who is averaging 18.3 points in his last three games. “They don’t go down and teams run out on us. We’re kind of playing at that level right now where we’re not far but we’re not really close. Somehow we have to break that stride and get into it a little better.”