For the second straight game, the Lakers will likely be without Kobe Bryant, as the 37-year-old recovers from a lower-leg contusion sustained during Tuesday’s exhibition in Las Vegas.
Head coach Byron Scott initially considered Bryant questionable for Monday’s game against Portland, but quickly changed his mind.
“To be honest with you, he probably won’t play,” head coach Byron Scott said. “I’d rather get him as close to 100 percent as possible. These games don’t mean anything.”
Scott considers this move precautionary. Before putting Bryant back into the lineup, the head coach wants to see him run at full speed, as he is currently just jogging and shooting.
Lou Williams (sore groin) was a late scratch for Saturday’s game in San Diego, but Scott is optimistic about the Sixth Man of the Year’s potential to play Monday.
“He came out here today and said he felt much better, but I told him that there was no need for anything (strenuous),” Scott said. “We were just doing a bunch of shooting today. … Everything was kind of half speed. We’ll see how he feels tomorrow.
Roster Cuts Looming
Scott said that he will not cut anyone from the roster before Monday’s game, but aims to do so prior to Thursday’s. The Lakers currently have 19 players and must trim down to 15 for the regular season.