Brown Plays Through Thumb Pain

Over a month ago, on March 2 against Indiana, Shannon Brown sprained the thumb on his right shooting hand while blocking a shot from Dahntay Jones of the Pacers.

Since then, he’s been playing through the injury, averaging 19.4 minutes per game in March and 25.8 in four April games. The thumb has affected his shooting to the tune of 38.5 percent shooting from the field in March and 28.9 percent in April, but Lakers head coach Phil Jackson still values his contribution.

“If he plays in the game he’s going to give me a good effort, I know that,” said Phil Jackson. “That’s the kind of kid he is. His athleticism and his speed, the things that he can do are things that almost no one else on our team can do but Kobe right now. That reactive quality that he is is very important to us.”

Brown continues to be listed with a “sprained right thumb” on L.A.’s injury report, but is not expected to miss any time.