Posted April 11, 2012 on AP on Fox
Kobe Bryant is out for a third consecutive game because of a sore left shin, and Lakers coach Mike Brown says there is still no timetable for his return. Brown said before Wednesday night's game at San Antonio that the NBA's scoring leader isn't nagging him to play. Brown said Bryant wants to be cautious and not exacerbate the injury. Bryant, who is averaging 28.1 points, had started 138 consecutive games before missing Saturday's loss at Phoenix. The Lakers then barely squeaked past lowly New Orleans on Monday without their superstar. Devin Ebanks was slated to start again in place of Bryant against the Spurs. The Lakers' next game is Friday against Denver.

Kobe to miss third straight game with sore left shin

The sore left shin that has dogged Kobe Bryant the last two weeks continues to improve, but he will not play Wednesday against San Antonio. Bryant, who was originally kicked in the shin March 31, will miss a third consecutive game, Lakers Coach Mike Brown told reporters Tuesday. The Lakers are 1-12 games ahead of the Clippers and two ahead of the fast-charging Memphis Grizzlies...

Kobe Bryant out for Lakers vs. Mavs

Kobe Bryant is sitting out his fifth straight game to rest his bruised shin. Lakers coach Mike Brown confirmed early Sunday that Bryant will miss just the 100th game of his 16-year NBA career when they host the Dallas Mavericks. The NBA scoring leader hasn't played since April 6 for the Lakers, who began the day leading the Clippers atop the Pacific Division by one game with...

Lakers G Bryant out for 4th straight game

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant won't suit up against the Denver Nuggets on Friday because of inflammation in his left shin.It will be the fourth straight game Bryant has sat out due to the injury.Bryant's status remains day-to-day and Lakers coach Mike Brown said the All-Star is "definitely improving."Bryant, the NBA's scoring leader, suffered the injury...

Brown willing to sacrifice standings for health

Getting kicked in the shin doesn’t sound like it would take that long to heal, or even cause you to miss any games at all. But in Kobe Bryant’s case, the Los Angeles Lakers and coach Mike Brown aren’t taking any chances. Bryant missed his second straight game last night after playing for 138 in a row. Brown says Bryant can take as much time as he needs to heal,no matter if...

Kobe To Sit Wednesday Against Spurs

Kobe Bryant has also missed the previous two games due to his sore left shin.

Metta World Peace with the world’s worst inbounds pass (Video)

There’s not much else to say about this other than it was yet another thing to make us ask, “WTF was Metta World Peace thinking?” Some background: the Lakers (without Kobe Bryant) barely had the lead with 1.2 seconds left in the game. All the Lakers had to do was run out the little time left on the clock or make foul shots. The win was essentially in the bag. But not so fast...

No Kobe, no problem for Lakers in rout of Spurs

Before tonight's game, San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker said he hoped Kobe Bryant would play in the Spurs' first meeting of the season against the Lakers. Perhaps it would've been better for the Spurs if the NBA's leading scorer had left his purple suit in the visitor's locker room and suited up in purple and gold. Without Bryant, the Lakers focused on mismatches...

Scouting the Lakers: Spurs’ frontline will be tested tonight

After falling ‘Big three’-less to the Utah Jazz on Monday, the San Antonio Spurs (40-15) return to the AT&T Center (23-4) to host the visiting Los Angeles Lakers for the first time late in this compressed NBA season. The Spurs are expected to have their entire group ready for tonight’s game, but it wouldn’t be a surprise to see some players go minute-less, as the Spurs...

Gasol leads Lakers past Hornets

Pau Gasol had 25 points and nine rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers overcame Kobe Bryant's absence to beat the New Orleans Hornets, 93-91 on Monday night. Bryant missed his second straight game with a sore left shin, but Ramon Sessions helped pick up the slack with 17 points, including a 3-pointer that put the Lakers ahead by six with 26 seconds left. Andrew Bynum added 18...

Andrew Bynum is clearly the key to the Lakers playoff run

When a lot of people look at the Los Angeles Lakers, they are quick to say that Kobe Bryant is the guy that makes this team go and is also the unquestioned leader. That's hard to argue when you consider that we're talking about a guy who has five NBA championships and leads the NBA in scoring. So yes, Bryant is the guy that will hear the MVP chants, but most important player...

Lakers crush Spurs behind Bynum's 30 boards

SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Andrew Bynum had 16 points and 30 rebounds, the most in an NBA game this season, and the Los Angeles Lakers didn't need Kobe Bryant to blow out the San Antonio Spurs 98-84 Wednesday night. Metta World Peace scored 26 points and the Lakers, playing their third straight game without the injured Bryant, manhandled the Spurs underneath to hand the West's...

The National Basketball Association: Alive on arrival.

The death of the NBA has been greatly exaggerated.

Nuggets-Lakers Preview

The Denver Nuggets were fortunate to get a victory in their last game after failing to close out a team playing without its superstar. That could be an important lesson heading into Friday's game at Staples Center against the Los Angeles Lakers, who put forth an impressive team effort in winning without Kobe Bryant. The Nuggets (32-26) are in the mix for a playoff berth in the...
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