I wrote before Tuesday's game against New Orleans the Lakers Kobe Bryant ought to sit until the tenosynovitis (inflammation) in his left shin heals. Obviously not having Bryant in the lineup against a team as good as San Antonio does serious damage to their chances of winning the game. Clearly there are major implications with each game on the playoff ladder, because dropping out of the third seed increases the likelihood of drawing the Memphis Grizzlies in the first round. That would be bad. Not as bad, though, as working down the stretch or entering the playoffs with Kobe limping around.
As ESPNLA.com's Dave McMenamin reports, the Lakers believe Bryant's injury is improving. If that's the case, two more days of rest ahead of Friday's game against Denver can only help. And if he needs to sit that game, too, so be it.