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Bryant scored a team-high 27 points (10-23 FG, 7-13 FT) with five rebounds, four assists and one steal in 28 minutes Thursday.
Bryant was one of the bright spots in an otherwise dismal night for the Lakers, scoring a game high 27 points, albeit on 23 shots. It was a bounce back from the six point outing Bryant had Sunday. In his four preseason games, Bryant has averaged 4.3 assists, a solid number for shooting guard and that only adds to his value in fantasy leagues. The main thing holding him back is his recent injury history.
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Bryant and coach Byron Scott have agreed upon a minutes limit for the superstar this season, but an exact figure was not revealed, only to say it'll be between 30 to 40 minutes per night, ESPNLosAngeles.com reports.
Although the 30 to 40 minute range isn't overly specific, the fact that Bryant does have a minute limit at all is worth noting. In his last healthy season of 2012-13, Bryant played 39 minutes a game and it appears as though it will be difficult for Bryant to match that number this season after player just six games last season. Bryant has averaged 22 minutes a night in the three preseason games so far, averaging 11.3 points, 1.7 rebounds, 4.3 assists, and 2.3 steals and remains a risky, yet relatively valuable fantasy shooting guard.
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Bryant scored just six points (3-13 FG) with one rebound, five assists, four steals, and one block in 24 minutes Sunday.
The scoring and shooting were disappointing for Bryant, but he contributed in assists and steals in what was a disappointing night for the Lakers in general. Bryant is now averaging 4.3 assists in his three preseason games and looks like he'll be a nice source of assists from the shallow shooting guard spot. The injury risk is still a real concern heading into drafts.
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Bryant started the Lakers' preseason opener against the Denver Nuggets in San Diego on Monday, ending with 13 points (5-12 FG, 3-4 FT), two rebounds and five assists in 21 minutes.
Bryant looked comfortable in his return from a broken left tibial plateau, and allayed a lot of fears regarding how he will come back. While he may not be the Bryant of two years ago, he still looks like he will be a solid fantasy player, and a surprisingly good source of assists from the shooting guard position.
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Bryant participated in the team's preliminary drills, but sat out the full-court five-on-five scrimmage ahead of Monday's preseason opener against Denver in San Diego, InsideSoCal.com reports.
Although he didn't manage to participate in all facets of Sunday's practice, Bryant will start against the Nuggets on Monday. Coach Byron Scott would not say to what degree Bryant would play Monday, but did say he will see more time than anticipated at small forward due to Nick Young's thumb injury. Overall, Scott has been pleased with how Bryant has looked in camp, saying "Both guys (Bryant and Steve Nash) are a ways away obviously. But right now for them to be where they are at this time, I'm extremely happy." Bryant will solidify as a top 50 fantasy player in drafts as the preseason progresses, barring any setbacks.
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Bryant will play in all eight preseason games, Yahoo! Sports' Marc J. Spears reports.
He wants to make sure he gets his timing and his legs ready for the regular season, although it's unlikely he'll see major minutes in every exhibition. Earlier in the day it was announced that Bryant would also be playing in every regular season game -- health permitting. Bryant is a tricky player to evaluate heading into the season, as the ceiling is very high, and the floor is very low, based on the health risks that accompany owning the future hall-of-famer.
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Bryant is expected to play in all 82 games this season barring another injury according to coach Byron Scott, InsideSoCal.com reports. "I expect him to play 82 games and to play well," Scott said.
Scott went on to say that he thinks Bryant can still average 23-24 points per game, but may need to keep his "minutes to a minimum where he can play those 82 games." Bryant didn't seemed concerned by a minute restriction and if he does play all 82 games could become a steal in fantasy drafts if owners let him slip too far. At the thin shooting guard slot, Bryant could again become a valuable commodity.
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Bryant (knee) has been fully cleared for training camp, the Lakers' official site reports.
Namely, Bryant can participate in 5-on-5 scrimmages, an important development that has more or less been hinted at since May by everyone from the 18-year veteran to general manager Mitch Kupchak. In early September, Bryant embarked upon another trip to Germany in order to undergo Orthokine treatment on his right knee, which has previously aided in keeping an aggravation of injury at bay. However, a minutes restriction is expected, at least initially, in order to manage the tibial plateau in his left knee, which combined with his recovery from a torn left Achilles to keep him off the court for all but six games last season.
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Bryant (knee/achilles) has lost 10 to 12 pounds during the offseason and has worked out "with no ill effects on either injury" according to general manager Mitch Kupchak InsideSoCal.com reports.
Kupchak also believes Bryant's weight loss will be enough to make up for any lost explosiveness he may have suffered during the past two seasons, due to age and injury. Although Kupchak believes Bryant could return to the level he was at pre-Achilles tear, it's safer to be prudent in your fantasy drafts and expect a drop off in production.
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Bryant (knee) traveled to Germany recently to undergo Orthokine treatment on his right knee, Sporting News reports.
Bryant will undergo a platelet-rich plasma treatment geared toward keeping his surgically repaired knee as spry as possible as the 2014-15 season approaches. It's a treatment he's undergone multiple times in the past since injuries started to become a major issue a few seasons ago. Bryant is also recovering from a tibial fracture but is expected to be ready for the start of the season. It's unclear just how large of a role he'll have right away, with new head coach Byron Scott recently indicating Bryant may be placed on a minutes restriction while he works his way back into game shape.