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Kobe Bryant injures right shoulder vs Pelicans, will have MRI

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Kobe Bryant tweaked his shoulder against the Pelicans and bad news might be on the way for the Lakers.

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Kobe Bryant injured his shoulder during the Los Angeles Lakers loss to the New Orleans Pelicans, and the team is officially labeling it a "sore right shoulder" until he undergoes an MRI Thursday. Kobe continued playing in the game, shooting with his left hand instead, but ended the night at the 30-minute mark. Bryant went straight to the locker room after checking out for the final time.

For now, it might be safe to expect Kobe to miss the Lakers' road game against the San Antonio Spurs on Friday. The Lakers' staff wouldn't elaborate on the injury following the loss, however, keeping it at "sore" until the results of his testing come back. We'll have an update on the injury as soon as it's available, but here's what the team and Bryant had to say before leaving the Smoothie King Center:

And his left-handed turnaround jumper, to put something positive in here: