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Bryant (rest) is considered doubtful to play against the Suns on Monday, the L.A. Daily News reports.

This shouldn't surprise anyone by now since Bryant has rested seven times since Dec. 23. Wayne Ellington will likely take the court in Bryant's potential absence Monday.

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Bryant will rest against the Jazz on Friday as expected, The Salt Lake Tribune reports.

Bryant is not expected to play in back-to-back games for the rest of the season, and since the Lakers played the Cavaliers on Thursday, Bryant didn't even make the trip to Utah. He's in line to return against the Suns on Monday, although there's always the possibility that he keeps on resting. Wayne Ellington will continue to start whenever Bryant takes the night off.

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Bryant had a career-high 17 assists Thursday despite losing to the Cavaliers, and had a solid shooting night, scoring 19 points on 7-of-14 shooting (3-6 3Pt, 2-3 FT).

This was one of Bryant's best all-around fantasy night of the year. His improved shooting numbers were nice to see after he had shot a combined 5-for-31 in his previous two starts. Although Bryant has been rested often this season, and may be shut down later in the year, when he's playing, he's worth using in most formats.

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Bryant (rest) returned to action for the Lakers on Tuesday, putting up 12 points (3-19 FG, 2-9 3Pt, 4-4), six rebounds, seven assists and one steal in 31 minutes.

Bryant's fantasy value took an enormous hit Tuesday when it was announced that he will not only sit out one game of every back-to-back set the rest of the season, but he'll also be on a hard cap for minutes, limiting him to 32 minutes per game. While Bryant can still be plenty valuable in 32 mpg, the fact that he's going to be missing so many random contests for "rest" makes him hard to own, especially in daily head-to-head leagues. Trading Bryant for a guy who actually is going to have a chance at playing all the remaining games would be a wise decision.

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Bryant, who is starting Tuesday, will sit out one game of back-to-back sets the rest of the season and his minutes will be hard capped at 32, the Los Angeles Times' Baxter Holmes reports.

The emphasis will be on Bryant remaining fresh for the rest of his career, as there's no reason for him to kill himself every night when the team is not competing for a playoff spot. The plan this week is for Bryant to play Thursday in a marquee matchup against LeBron James and the Cavaliers, and then sit Friday against the Jazz. This plan means Bryant will miss, at minimum, eight games as a result of sitting one of each remaining back-to-back set, but in all likelihood he will miss several more than that, especially toward the end of the season.

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Bryant is in the lineup Tuesday against the Heat. "I thought he was pretty convincing that he was ready to go body wise and mind wise," coach Byron Scott said. "It wasn't that hard a decision today."

Bryant has sat out three times in the last four games to rest, and it really is game-to-game right now. However, he can be deployed as usual Tuesday.

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Bryant (rest) is considered a game-time decision for Tuesday against the Heat, even though he told Lakers coach Byron Scott that he feels fine, Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Bryant seems likely to play, after missing three of the Lakers' past four games to rest. Still, his presence in Tuesday's game can't be taken as a given, with coach Byron Scott referring to the 36-year-old as a game-time decision. Scott recently mentioned that the team may eventually consider shutting Bryant down for the season, though such a discussion is unlikely to happen until after the All-Star break. If he does end up playing Tuesday night, Bryant probably won't match his season-long average of 34.8 minutes. He's fallen a bit short of that in each of his last five appearances, and Scott recently admitted that the heavy early-season workload was a mistake.

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Bryant, who rested Sunday against the Trail Blazers, practiced Monday and said he feels "a whole lot better," Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Bryant has been rested for three of the Lakers' last four games, as he continues to deal with veteran wear and tear. While there has been talk that he could be shut down at some point this season, nothing official has come down from the organization or coaching staff, so Bryant should continue to be evaluated on a game-to-game basis until further notice. With nearly a week off since he last took the court Wednesday against the Clippers, Bryant appears to be on track to return Tuesday when the Lakers host Miami. However, the team is yet to rule him in or out, so be sure to check back prior to Tuesday's 10:30 PM ET tip.

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Bryant, who will not play in Sunday's game against the Trail Blazers, could potentially be shut down for the season at some point after the All-Star break, Mark Medina of the L.A. Daily News reports.

Speaking on the subject Sunday evening, Lakers coach Bryon Scott said that he will revisit the idea of shutting Bryant down after the break. It seems the heavy early-season workload took a toll on the aging superstar, as Bryant has now missed three of the past four games to rest. With the Lakers far removed from the playoff picture, the team won't have much to gain -- other than ticket sales -- from keeping Bryant on the court in March and April. Of course, there's some chance that Bryant would resist, with his quest to climb up the all-time leaderboards perhaps being a factor. This has been a known possibility for the last few weeks, and Scott acknowledging it provides another blow to Bryant's season-long value. For the short term, Bryant can be considered questionable for Tuesday's game against the Heat. This could develop into a Dwyane Wade-type situation, with Bryant becoming a perpetual game-time/gameday decision.

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Bryant (rest) will not play against Portland on Sunday.

Bryant is on a tear of resting days as Sunday's stint on the bench will be his sixth over the past 11 games. Wayne Ellington is expected to start at shooting guard and Bryant will be another game-time decision ahead of Tuesday's game against the Heat.