Kobe Bryant did not participate in practice Friday but said he will play Saturday against the Spurs, Mark Medina of the LA Daily News reports.
Bryant was absent Friday for maintenance purposes, as the Los Angeles Lakers continue to monitor the 37-year-old's workload. In Thursday's win over the Pelicans, Bryant finished with 27 points and 12 rebounds in 32 minutes, and he's now amassed 65 points over his last two contests. Expect to see him at his usual starting small forward spot Saturday night.
Kobe Bryant posted 27 points (10-24 FG, 4-11 3Pt, 3-4 FT), 12 rebounds, two assists and two steals over 32 minutes in Thursday's 99-96 victory over the Pelicans.
If the performances he's generated over the last three games are any indication, Bryant must be gearing up to put one heck of a stamp on his upcoming final All-Star appearance. He's resembled the Bryant of old while averaging 29.3 points and 8.3 rebounds over that span. However, Thursday's effort was only his second double-double of the season, and he'd also posted 10 points or less in seven of the eight games prior to the current stretch, so fantasy expectations should certainly be tempered until the 20-year-veteran demonstrates he can extend his current streak of near-dominant play.
Kobe Bryant will play Thursday against the Pelicans despite dealing with shoulder soreness throughout the week, Mark Medina of the L.A. Daily News reports.
It appears Bryant feels confident enough in his ailing shoulder to give it a go on Thursday, after averaging 30.5 points per game in his past two starts. This will be Bryant's third consecutive game played, so the wear and tear could call for a slight limitation on minutes, but he'll look to stay hot from behind the three-point line regardless.
Kobe Bryant is questionable for Thursday's game against the Pelicans due to shoulder soreness, John Reid of the Times-Picayune reports.
Bryant has been questionable as of late due to shoulder soreness, and he'll be rested periodically to preserve his health for the remainder of the season. Whether or not he plays on Thursday is likely up to how he's feeling before the game. He's coming off two of his best games of the season, in which he's averaged 30.5 points per game.
Kobe Bryant contributed 38 points (10-21 FG, 7-11 3Pt, 11-12 FT), five rebounds, five assists, and two steals in 33 minutes during the Los Angeles Lakers ' 119-115 win over the Timberwolves on Tuesday.
Bryant had his second straight efficient scoring game, and he now has 61 points on 39 shot attempts in his last two contests. He has also gone 11-of-19 from beyond the arc and 14-of-15 from the charity stripe during these two most recent match-ups, and the 61 points he has scored is his highest combined total in consecutive contests all season. It's best not to take these types of performances for granted, as the 37-year-old warrior's body continues to wear down, but if he stays healthy for the remainder of the year, it's crazy to count out a couple more 30-point showings from the Mamba.