Lakers’ Kobe Bryant (foot) ‘probable’ against Kings
By Ben Golliver
Lakers guard Kobe Bryant is probable for a Saturday night game against the Kings in Sacramento after receiving an examination on his left foot.
Sports Illustrated’s Lee Jenkins reported Bryant, who is suffering from a bone spur, needed the help of a crutch as he departed Milwaukee’s Bradley Center following a loss to the Bucks on Thursday night. Bryant played 36 minutes and finished with a game-high 30 points, but he shot just 6-for-17 from the field.
A doctor took a look at Bryant’s foot in Sacramento on Friday in advance of Saturday’s game against the Kings, the final stop of a four-game trip.
While Bryant did not address reporters after the loss Thursday, Yahoo! Sports reported Bryant said his foot was “inflamed” but he will “be all right.” Bryant has played in all but two games for the Lakers this season, missing time earlier this month with a sprained left ankle.
The Lakers, who are in the middle of a dogfight for the Western Conference’s No. 8 playoff spot, have already lost forward Metta World Peace to regular season-ending knee surgery this week. Starting point guard Steve Nash also left Thursday’s game with a hip issue, according to the Orange County Register, after playing just 23 minutes. Nash is listed as “questionable” for Saturday.
L.A. fell to 37-36 with the loss to Milwaukee and now holds just a half-game lead over Utah and a 1.5-game lead over Dallas for the West’s final playoff spot with nine games remaining on their schedule.
Bryant, 34, is averaging 27.2 points, 5.8 assists and 5.4 rebounds per game this season.