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It’s official: Kobe Bryant out Tuesday night vs. Spurs

Apr 17, 2012, 4:09 PM EDT

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We told you to expect this but Lakers coach Mike Brown made it official at the Lakers shootaround Tuesday — Kobe Bryant will miss his sixth straight game with a shin injury and will sit out the game against the Spurs, as reported by the Los Angeles Times and other sources.

The rule of thumb the Lakers trainers are using is when he shows he can jump without pain he can come back. While he has practiced with the team he is not where the trainers want him yet.

Kobe said recently he would be back “well before” the playoffs. So, how do you define that, coach Brown?

“With a guy like Kobe, especially, his feel is so great for the game that I think he’ll be able to ease in probably better than most guys,” Brown said, “but for me to sit here and say, ‘He needs five games’ or ‘He needs two games,’ would not be correct. I think it’s just more by feel than anything else.”

That is some quality tap dancing around the issue right there.
This game matters to the Lakers, who are now just one game ahead of the Clippers for the Pacific Division crown and the three seed in the West (the Lakers also have the tiebreaker with the Clippers). The team that wins the Pacific and gets the three seed gets to avoid a dangerous Memphis team in the first round.
The Spurs are on the second game of a back-to-back-to-back Tuesday, but none of their big three played more than 13 minutes in a blowout win against Golden State Monday night. Your guess is as good as mine as to what Gregg Popovich has planned.
  1. Gary Krysztof - Apr 17, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    Is this injury something serious that could limit Kobe come playoff time? Or are they just using this to get him some rest? With the Clippers so close to catching them for the division lead I find it hard to believe this injury would keep Kobe out for such a long period of time.

  2. baron30 - Apr 17, 2012 at 5:04 PM

    He probably is just tuning up for the playoff by squeezing in a couple “Kobe Treatments” on his wrist, knees and calf. He needs a couple more days to get over those procedures. wink wink

  3. keyshawn22 - Apr 17, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    By “Kobe Treatments” do you mean teeanage girls in colorado?

    Glad he’s out but now we have to watch this chump show up his coach on the sideline all game by acting like a fake coach. Just disappear Kobe

  4. fouldwimmerlaik - Apr 17, 2012 at 11:00 PM

    Chump? LOL! If he’s a chump, what does that make you?

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