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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.

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Bryant scored 28 points (10-26 FG, 3-10 3Pt, 5-6 FT) to go along with seven rebounds, six assists and four steals in 37 minutes during the Lakers' 107-102 loss versus the Grizzlies on Tuesday.

Bryant did commit three turnovers, and needed 26 shots to get his 28 points, but overall it was a vintage Mamba line. Those who drafted him hoping he'd be a steal know the number one concern with Bryant at this stage in his career is his ability to stay healthy, but so long as he's able to do that he'll likely remain an elite fantasy option, as his usage is highly unlikely to drop on a lottery-bound Lakers team without a true second scorer for Bryant to rely on.

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Bryant scored 39 points (14-37 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 8-12 FT), with nine rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 44 minutes during Tuesday's loss to the Suns.

Well, I guess the debate of Bryant still being able to put up games like this is now over. He took the game into his hands against the Suns, but it just wasn't enough. Bryant is looking like he's back in All-Star form, and he'll be a major target for daily fantasy games, and is a must-start in regular fantasy leagues.

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Bryant sat out the fourth quarter of Wednesday's game against the Suns.

The game was completely out of hand by the fourth, so the move was merely to keep Bryant fresh, especially after back-to-back games. In 28 minutes, Bryant led the Lakers in scoring with 31 points (11-25 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 7-7 FT) and had four rebounds, three assists and two steals. Bryant is basically the only reliable offensive option for the Lakers at this point, so his shot volume should stay at about the same level going forward.

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Bryant is playing Wednesday despite dealing with a sore right shoulder, according to the Lakers' official Twitter feed.

Bryant started Wednesday's game, but he was seen icing his shoulder both before the game and after he checked out of the contest for the first time, so it appears he is not 100 percent healthy. Bryant was able to play through the soreness each of the season's first two nights, so it remains to be seen how much he will be limited, if at all.

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Bryant led all Lakers in scoring, dropping 19 points (6-17 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 7-8 FT) with three rebounds, two assists and one steal in 29 minutes Tuesday.

It was a welcome site for Lakers and NBA fans in general to see Bryant back in the Lakers' gold, but it wasn't the productive outing for Kobe. His field goal shooting was particularly poor, but it's unlikely is stays at the 35 percent mark all season and we'd expect to see Bryant dish some more assists throughout the season. Against a far superior team, Bryant can be excused for an off night in his first NBA regular game in 10 months.

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Bryant is slated to play 30-40 minutes Tuesday against Houston and 25-40 minutes Wednesday against Phoenix, Kevin Ding of Bleacher Report reports.

It looks as though coach Byron Scott won't be monitoring Bryant's minutes overly closely, as those are pretty broad ranges, but it's worth noting that the coaching staff will at least be keeping an eye on his early-season workload. With Nick Young (hand) and Xavier Henry (back) currently out of action, Bryant will probably play closer to the higher end of those minutes estimates to begin the year.

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Bryant will not play in the Lakers' final two preseason contests, the teams' official site reports.

Bryant has scored 26 or more points in each of his past three preseason contests, so it appears he's getting back to old form. He'll sit Wednesday and Friday night, but return to the lineup for Tuesday's season opener. The 36-year-old is entering his 18th NBA season, so there's little reason to push the veteran to participate in exhibition contests.

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Bryant scored 27 points (10-20 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 7-8 FT), including the Lakers' last eight of overtime, with four rebounds and two assists in 34 minutes Tuesday.

That's points totals of 27, 26, and 27 in his last three games, so it looks like Kobe is starting to get it going again. He is shooting just 39 percent from the field throughout the preseason and with his age and recent injury history, remains a somewhat risky pick in the top 50 of drafts.