Kobe Bryant out tonight, as is Andrew Bynum
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.
Photo: Kobe Bryant tries to take Nuggets guard Arron Afflalo off the dribble during their game last week. Credit: Chris Carlson / Associated Press