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Kobe Bryant likely out Monday against Phoenix

By Royce Young | NBA writer

Technically, Kobe Bryant has only missed one game because of his sprained left ankle. After trying to give it a go Friday against Indiana, Bryant sat down after an 0-for-4 start in 12 minutes of play.

Kobe then sat Sunday against Sacramento and is expected to sit again Monday against Phoenix, via 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.

Sitting Monday means Kobe could have four more days of rest because the Lakers don't play again until Friday when they host the Wizards. And with the team playing well and actually building a small playoff cushion, the Lakers have that luxury to let Kobe sit.

If the Lakers decided to hold Kobe out Friday against Washington, that would give him a full week's rest. Considering the games aren't against that challenging of opponents, it might be a wise move, too.

Without Kobe, guard Jodie Meeks started in his place on Sunday night. In the two games that Kobe has sat, the Lakers are 2-0.

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