Kobe Bryant, who hurt his foot in the third quarter of L.A.’s Sunday preseason loss to Sacramento, will not play in either of the team’s final two preseason games on Wednesday and Thursday.
After missing Tuesday’s practice, Bryant called the foot “painful,” and said he would probably not play against the Clippers on Wednesday even if it were a regular season game.
Bryant strained the foot when accidentally making contact with a Kings opponent, as opposed to being kicked.
Kobe added that it wasn’t the worst thing that it happened at this particular time, since he’d been going so hard in preseason every day his body could perhaps use a bit of rest.
Bryant will be re-evaluated over the weekend to check his status in advance of Tuesday evening’s season opener against Dallas.
Dwight Howard Update:
Expect Howard to sit out of Wednesday’s game just to rest, but play in Thursday’s contest in San Diego. He came through his first preseason game quite well on Sunday, but the team decided not to have him play in games on back-to-back nights.