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Kobe Bryant sits out Lakers game against Portland

February 6, 2010 |  6:21 pm

Kobe_300 Kobe Bryant, the Lakers' ironman, will not play tonight against the Portland Trail Blazers becasue of a sprained left ankle.

Bryant refused to talk to the media before the game, but the Lakers said he would be re-evaluated Sunday.

Bryant had played in 235 consecutive games before missing this one. It was the first game Bryant has missed because of injury since Dec. 8, 2006. He did miss a game March 7, 2007, because of a suspension.

Bryant has played through a fracture on his right index finger, back spasms and the left ankle injury this season before shutting it down.

The Lakers were either going to start Shannon Brown or Sasha Vujacic against the Trail Blazers, who will be without their All-Star guard, Brandon Roy (strained right hamstring).

What made the news of Bryant missing the game worse for the Lakers is that they have lost nine consecutive games at the Rose Garden.

-- Broderick Turner, reporting from Portland, Ore.

Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant wonders why no foul was called on his drive into the lane during the second half against Denver on Friday night. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times