Late in the Lakers’ win over the Warriors on Friday, Kobe Bryant left the game with what was later diagnosed as an Achilles tear that will keep him sidelined for the rest of the season.
You can see the injury take place in the video clip above, though there really isn’t all that much to see. Bryant fell down on a drive with 3:08 remaining, and hobbled to the free throw line to sink two foul shots before he was subbed out for good for the final time this season.
The Wizards have a full roster of 15 players. They don’t qualify for a hardship exemption, which a team gets if four players have missed three straight games and will continue to be out. Only Webster and Alan Anderson definitely fit that bill. Gooden, who has missed five straight, might. But it’s unclear both how many of those absences were due to injury and when he’ll return.
Hollins is more center than power forward and doesn’t appear to fit well with Marcin Gortat. But at this point, Washington just needs big bodies. Hollins – a nine-year veteran who plays decent interior defense, lacks offensive skill and rebounds poorly for his 7-foot frame – is at least that.
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