Bryant will play Saturday against Portland, but coach Byron Scott hasn't decided if he'll be available for Sunday's game against Indiana, Bill Oram of the Orange County Register reports. Bryant's availability on the court will likely be stymied throughout the season which undoubtedly poses frustrations for those that have a vested interest in the aging veteran. He continues to sit out practice to stay fresh for games, but even missing practice entirely won't keep him on the court regularly.
Bryant had a disastrous outing from the field Tuesday against the Warriors, posting just four points (1-14 FG, 1-7 3Pt, 1-2 FT), six rebounds, two assists, and two steals in 25 minutes. Bryant couldn't find his shot all night, and he wasn't able to contribute much in other categories either. He's now had four consecutive games where he's shot under 39 percent from the field, and there's no sign that he'll become efficient anytime soon. He's staying relatively healthy this season, missing just three games so far, but his lack of efficiency makes him a liability in most leagues.
Bryant did not practice Monday but he's expected to play Tuesday against Golden State, Bill Oram of the OC Register reports. Bryant has been held out of a number of practices this season in an attempt to limit his workload, so his absence Monday comes as no surprise, especially after playing 31 minutes in Sunday's loss to Portland. The 37-year-old continues to struggle offensively, shooting a career-low 33.1 percent from the field and 20.0 percent from beyond the arc.
Bryant (back, knees) is expected to play against the Rockets on Friday, Mark Medina of the L.A. Daily News reports. Bryant mostly sat out of Wednesday's and Thursday's practices, but that's the norm these days with the aging veteran. He's averaging 30.4 minutes on the court over eight games this season which is also to be expected Friday, despite skipping out on the week of practice.
Bryant (back, knees) did not practice Wednesday, Mike Trudell of Lakers.com reports. This has been standard operating procedure for Bryant this season, as he deals with lingering back and knee issues. After sitting out on the second half of a back-to-back Monday, Bryant is expected to be ready to take the court Friday against Toronto.
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