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Bryant scored 27 points (10-24 FG, 0-2 3PT, 7-10 FT), with six rebounds and four assists.
The assist total is negated by the fact that he committed four turnovers as well, and his field goal percentage remains consistently atrocious. Owners should already know that Bryant is a volume shooter, so these numbers are not at all surprising. He continues to exceed expectations for a player that has sustained his injuries, and while his team may not be enjoying success, the same cannot be said for his own individual performances to an extent.
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Bryant (rest) did not practice Saturday.
Coach Byron Scott seemingly felt the need to step in and give the 36-year-old Bryant a day to get his legs back under him, saying "[Bryant's] such a workaholic that sometimes it can hurt you more than help you." Bryant is averaging 36.4 minutes per game so far in November and is coming off a 6-for-22 shooting performance against Dallas. He should be fine for his normal run against Denver on Sunday.
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Bryant scored 29 points (10-28 FG, 1-7 3Pt, 8-10 FT), with seven assists, five rebounds and one steal in 40 minutes during Wednesday's win over the Rockets.
Bryant just keeps putting up shots and having big games. Fortunately, it seems that he has a new partner in crime, Nick Young, who has helped the Lakers' struggling offense. Los Angeles has now won two in a row, and Bryant is putting up big points with big shot totals on a nightly basis.
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Bryant scored 44 points on 15-of-34 shooting in Sunday's loss to the Warriors.
Bryant was experiencing flu-like symptoms leading up to Sunday's contest, but he persevered and produced at the rate we're used to seeing this season. Outside of Friday's nine-point (1-14 FG) showing against the Spurs, Bryant has scored at least 19 points in each game, though he's been maligned for his efficiency, or lack thereof. The 36-year-old Bryant, never lacking confidence, is shooting only 37.7 percent this season, which is by far a career-low. Given how poorly the Lakers have played this season, Bryant's high production, low efficiency ways will likely continue as he attempts to keep them in games.
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Bryant (illness) will officially be in the lineup and start Sunday against the Warriors, Baxter Holmes of ESPN reports.
Bryant was expected to play, so this is more of a formality and not much of a surprise. It's still questionable how many minutes Bryant will actually get, but at the rate he's gotten shots up this year, he'll probably get his fair share of points no matter how many minutes he plays in.
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Bryant's coach Bryon Scott said that even though Bryant has flu symptoms and missed shootaround, he is expected to play Sunday, Lakers' official twitter account reports.
Scott seemed fairly certain that Bryant will play Sunday, but he did not specify how much playing time Kobe will get. That will probably depend on how much better, if any, he's feeling during the game. Still, a sick Kobe Bryant is among the Lakers' best scoring options, so he will likely get his shots Sunday.
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Bryant (illness) did not participate in Sunday's morning shootaround, the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
Coach Byron Scott was adamant that Bryant would play Sunday when asked during a press conference Saturday. However, Bryant's inability to participate in the morning shootaround makes him questionable to play Sunday night against the Warriors.
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Bryant (illness/soreness) will likely play in Sunday's game against the Warriors, according to Lakers head coach Byron Scott
Bryant didn't sound so sure after Friday's game, in which he made just 1-of-14 field-goal attempts. It was reported afterward that he's dealing with a likely viral infection, which caused some aches in his body during the game. Bryant may be feeling better after a night of rest, and he's likely played through worse on multiple occasions. He should still be considered day-to-day but now seems like a good bet to play Sunday.
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Bryant probably has a viral infection and was "feeling achy" before Friday's game, Mark Medina of the LA Daily News reports. "It's the first I faced this type of challenge in my career," Bryant said. "Honestly I don't know. I'll think about it and talk to the great team of therapists and figure it out."
The 19-year veteran was ominous about whether he would continue to try to play through the ailment after he shot 1-for-14 Friday (his worst shooting performance while making at least one shot of his career). Owners should consider Bryant day-to-day, and it would not be surprising to see him miss a game or more as he tries to get right and avoid another embarrassing night from the field.
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Bryant scored 33 points (10-28 FG, 5-11 3Pt, 8-8 FT), with five assists, four rebounds and one steal in 36 minutes during Wednesday's loss to the Pelicans.
Bryant is putting up big numbers on a consistent basis, but they aren't equaling wins for the Lakers right now. Expect Bryant to keep putting up plenty of shots, and scoring plenty of points on a consistent basis. He did a good job of not turning the ball over on Wednesday, but the Lakers seem to just be one player short right now.