Bryant originally hurt the shin against the Hornets last Saturday night, getting kicked in the area, but played through it on Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday. After Wednesday’s game, a tough road win over the Clippers, Bryant emerged from the locker room in a walking boot as the shin had not improved.
Nonetheless, Bryant played in Friday night’s loss to Houston, even as he limped noticeably. However, since the injury has still not improved, head athletic trainer Gary Vitti shut him down for game at Phoenix.
It’s the first game Bryant has missed since the season finale of the 2009-10 season, a streak of 138 straight contests including all 82 games last season.
There’s no timetable regarding a possible return.