Kobe ‘is playing tonight’ against Memphis, Byron Scott says

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “I just put two numbers in a hat, I pull it,” Scott said, laughing, about how he determines which back-to-back games Nance will miss. “I pulled the number out today and it was one. That meant the first game.” Bryant missed six of the past 10 games because of a sore right shoulder. After sitting out games last week against Sacramento (Tuesday) and Phoenix (Friday), Bryant has had about eight days to rest and recover. So much that Bryant plans to fly with the Lakers to play in Wednesday’s game against Phoenix in what will mark his final trip there.“As of now,” Scott said, “that’s a good possibility.”Scott plans to play Bryant around 27-29 minutes tonight and will then assess his workload for tomorrow’s game based on how his body responds. Scott will be more cautious with rookie forward Larry Nance Jr, who will miss Tuesday’s game against Memphis as part of the teams’ effort to preserve his sore right knee on back-to-backs. But Nance will be available for Wednesday’s game in Phoenix.center_img No longer did Lakers coach Byron Scott feel the need to offer odds on whether Kobe Bryant will play when the Lakers (14-55) host the Memphis Grizzlies (40-30) on Tuesday at Staples Center.“He says he’s playing tonight,” Scott said.last_img

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