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Kobe Bryant out tonight, as is Andrew Bynum

February 8, 2010 |  6:14 pm

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The Lakers will be short-handed...again.

Kobe Bryant is sitting out a second consecutive game because of a sprained left ankle and Andrew Bynum will be sidelined tonight because of a bruised right hip, leaving the Lakers without two starters against San Antonio.

Bryant sat out the Lakers' 99-82 victory Saturday over Portland, and Bynum missed the second half of that game after feeling hip pain. He also has a sore left knee, the product of a collision with Charlotte guard Stephen Jackson last week.

Bynum said he wasn't playing as he walked into the locker room.

"No, my [body] hurts," he said.

Lamar Odom will replace Bynum in the lineup as Pau Gasol shifts to center. It was unclear who would replace Bryant.

--Mike Bresnahan

Photo: Kobe Bryant tries to take Nuggets guard Arron Afflalo off the dribble during their game last week. Credit: Chris Carlson / Associated Press


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