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Bryant (rest) will not play in Tuesday's game against the Warriors, the OC Register reports.
Coach Byron Scott hinted that sitting Bryant against the Warriors might be coming, and it certainly did come to fruition. His next opportunity to play will be against the Bulls on Christmas Day. In Bryant's absence, Nick Young will likely see more opportunities on the court.
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Coach Byron Scott has not yet made up his mind as to whether or not he'll rest Bryant for Tuesday's game against Golden State.
With Bryant playing some of the worst basketball of his career, Scott is considering resting his aging star in an effort to preserve his conditioning. Bryant is coming off back-to-back games of less than 30 percent shooting - a combined 11-of-45- and is shooting an atrocious 33.5 percent from the floor in the month of December. The final call may not be made until later in the evening Tuesday, but it wouldn't be much of a surprise to see Bryant on the sideline, especially with a Christmas Day showdown with the Bulls looming Thursday night.
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Bryant chucked 30 shots and converted just eight field goals for a total of 25 points and nine turnovers Sunday against the Kings. He added five rebounds, three assists, and two steals in 38 minutes of action.
Bryant has been utterly horrific from the field over the last five games, averaging a whopping 29 percent (6.6 out of 22.6) and scoring just 20.6 points as a result. Additionally, he's averaging 4.4 turnovers during that span, and it's starting to hurt owners in nine-category leagues. Still, he can contribute in points, rebounds, assists, steals, and three-pointers made, which means owners will just have to take the good with the bad.
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Coach Byron Scott indicated after Sunday's loss to the Kings that he may consider resting Bryant for a game or two, Sam Amick of USA Today Sports reports.
Bryant has been one of the most inefficient players in the league this season and is shooting an atrocious 34.6 percent from the floor in the month of December. He's been especially bad in the Lakers' last two games, shooting a combined 11-of-45 from the floor with 12 turnovers. While the veteran isn't likely to push for rest, it would probably be in both his and the team's best interest, as his current level of play is virtually unacceptable for a player who attempts more than 22 shots per game.
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Bryant had his worst shooting game of the season Friday in a loss to the Thunder, making just three of his 15 attempts and finishing the game with nine points (3-15 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 3-4 FT).
Bryant was cold all game, and he looked slow at times, but the television broadcasters reported that Lakers team doctors said he was healthy. Bryant played 35 minutes Friday, but made his fewest shots in a game since December of last year and missed the Lakers' final shot in the waning seconds of the game, sealing the victory for the Thunder.
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Bryant scored 21 points (8-26 FG, 2-8 3Pt, 3-3 FT) to go along with four rebounds, three assists and two steals in 30 minutes Monday against the Pacers.
Although Bryant was able to score at least 20 points for his fourth straight game, he also shot less than 35 percent from the field in this third straight game. He's going to score plenty of points, but don't expect him to shoot for a high percentage.
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Bryant had 26 points (7-20 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 10-13 FT) with six rebounds, two assists, and one steal in 35 minutes as the Lakers racked up their third consecutive victory Sunday.
While the stat line was nice, this game will be remembered for two free throws in the second half, which elevated Bryant over Michael Jordan into third all-time on the NBA points leaderboard. Congratulations go to Bryant, but also to anyone who drafted him this season, as his production, outside of his deplorable field goal percentage, has exceeded where you drafted him.
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Bryant scored 32 points (11-27 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 8-8 FT) with three rebounds, six assists, and two steals in 36 minutes Tuesday against the Kings.
Somewhat surprisingly, this was Bryant's first 30 point game this month, but he has also failed to hit 50 percent of shots this month in any game either. Owners love his counting stats, but the efficiency is tough to swallow in rotisserie leagues.
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Bryant scored 29 points (8-22 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 11-14 FT) with four rebounds, three assists and one steal in 34 minutes during Wednesday's loss to the Wizards.
Bryant took over with his scoring early in the game and had 20 points at half time. As long as Bryant is healthy he will provide ample scoring for your team.
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Bryant doled out 13 assists to go along with 12 points (4-11 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 3-3 FT) in 33 minutes in the win over Detroit on Tuesday. He had 10 turnovers for the ignoble triple-double.
In some ways, Bryant has back-to-back triple-doubles, although he took the happier route against Toronto on Sunday. He has taken on the offensive facilitation role and provided 25 assists in the last two games. Bryant has only hit 43.5 percent of his field goals in his last five games, so he continues to be a category injurer in that column.