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Kobe Bryant expected to sit out Monday vs. Suns

Mar 18, 2013, 10:34 AM EDT

Lakers guard Bryant jogs onto the floor prior to the start of an NBA basketball game against Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis Reuters

Kobe Bryant tried to play on his sprained ankle Friday night, because he’s Kobe. But that led to 12 minutes of playing, 0-4 shooting as he had no elevation or separation from defenders, and then the next morning his ankle was worse.

So he sat out Sunday night, a Lakers win over the Kings at home.

And he’s not likely to suit up Monday night when the Lakers are in Phoenix, reports Kevin Ding at the Orange County Register.

Bryant is considered doubtful to play Monday in Phoenix, according to a Lakers spokesman.

If Bryant doesn’t play against the Suns, he will have three more days of rest and treatment before the Lakers play their next game Friday night against Washington.

If he sits out Friday the Lakers are off for a week until next Monday, when they start a four-game road trip.

The Lakers need wins, so they need Kobe back eventually, but the Suns and Wizards are winnable without him. The Lakers are currently the eight seed in the West, one game up on nine-seed Utah. They are half a game behind the seven seed Rockets and two games back of the six seed Warriors.

Kobe sprained his ankle on a final shot against the Hawks when he came down on the foot of Dahntay Jones.

  1. manchestermiracle - Mar 18, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    “If he sits out Friday the Lakers are off for a week until next Monday, when they start a four-game road trip.”

    If he sits out the Lakers don’t play on Friday? I’m guessing you meant that if Bryant sits out Friday HE’LL be off for a week. “If he sits out Friday the Lakers don’t play again until the following Monday, when they start a four-game road trip.”

    More chances for everyone else to work on their games with the knowledge Bryant won’t be there to bail their asses out. There’ve been too many times Laker players stand around and watch Bryant go one-on-two, one-on-three, etc., and too many times Bryant is willing to do that. It can’t hurt the team to spend a couple of games in Bryant-less mode.

  2. zblott - Mar 18, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    The Lakers have a +20 point differential over the past 7 quarters without Kobe, with 2 of their best team assist totals of the season. Not only that, they won both contests with clutch 4th quarter play, which apparently isn’t a problem for LA to handle if they handle it as a team.

    The only chance this streak ends tonight is because they have to travel for the back end of a back-to-back.

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