Bryant sits out Suns game with injured left shin

CBSSports.com wire reports
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PHOENIX -- Kobe Bryant sat out the Los Angeles Lakers' game against the Phoenix Suns on Saturday night with an injured left shin.

Lakers longtime trainer Gary Vitti says he decided to put Bryant's left foot in a protective boot to rest the injury. Vitti says the All-Star guard has been playing through the very painful injury, an inflammation surrounding a tendon, but it hasn't gotten any better.

He says the only way it will improve is with rest. The trainer says there is no timetable for Bryant's return.

Bryant, the NBA's leading scorer at 28.1 points per game, was limping noticeably in the late stages of the Lakers' home loss to Houston on Friday night.

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