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Lakers G Kobe Bryant injures neck during Game 1

Posted on: April 17, 2011 4:53 pm
Edited on: April 17, 2011 4:59 pm
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant went down with an apparent neck injury just before halftime of Game 1 against the New Orleans Hornets. Posted by Ben Golliver.

In the closing seconds of the first half of Game 1 against the New Orleans Hornets, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant hit a fallaway jumpshot in the left corner to cut New Orleans' lead to 52-44. His momentum carried him to the floor, where he slid backwards into the courtside seats. Bryant's neck contacted one of the seats with some force and he lay facedown on the ground, motionless, as the Hornets went up the court for their offensive possession.

After Hornets guard Chris Paul hit a three pointer, Lakers forward Ron Artest hit a halfcourt heave to close out the first half, 55-47. Bryant remained on the ground as the half ended and, once the buzzer sounded, Lakers staffers rushed to attend to Bryant, who was slow to get up but eventually walked off under his own power. 

During halftime, the Orange County Register reported that Bryant was diagnosed with a "bruised neck, according to Lakers PR." ABC reported that Bryant is "pretty sore" but that he did not undergo any X-Rays or further testing. Bryant is expected to play in the second half.

Here's video of what was a heart-stopping scene for Lakers fans.

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