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Bryant sits out Thursday's game against Denver

April 8, 2010 |  7:50 pm

Lakers guard Kobe Bryant  is not playing Thursday against the Denver Nuggets in order to get some rest.

"We have some guys that obviously need some down time, need some rest time," Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said before the game.

Cleveland forward LeBron James also sat out a game Thursday, watching from the bench as the Cavaliers played the Chicago Bulls.

Bryant has encountered a variety of injuries this season, including a broken right index finger and a sprained left ankle, the latter of which sidelined him for five games in February.

Sasha Vujacic started in Bryant's place Thursday.

--Mike Bresnahan


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