Kobe Bryant turned in one latest, hopefully not last, great performance Friday night in Los Angeles. He crumpled to the floor, pulled himself up, sank two free throws to give him 36 points and announced himself to have torn his Achilles tendon.
As Jazz fans know, an Achilles injury devastates a career.
Pending an MRI, we'd best reserve judgment of what this means in the grand scheme of things the man's career, his livelihood and in the short-term a race for the playoffs. But when you look at Bryant's minutes per game over the last seven games, you find this: 47, 47, 42, 47, 41, 48 and, on Friday, 42.