Injuries continue to nag Lakers in preseason

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HONOLULU -- Injuries have been a nagging issue for the Los Angeles Lakers lately. The team led the league in each of the past two seasons in games missed due to injury. That trend has continued through training camp before the 2015-16 season.

Rookie guard D'Angelo Russell (bone bruise in his right foot), rookie forward Larry Nance Jr. (back), guard Nick Young (back) and guard Marcelo Huertas (hamstring) have all been dinged up.

Guards Anthony Brown (right shoulder) and Jabari Brown (right hand) also joined the Lakers' list of walking wounded after suffering injuries in Monday's practice at Manoa's Stan Sheriff Center at the University of Hawaii.

An X-ray on Jabari Brown was negative and he has a contusion of his right hand. An MRI on Anthony Brown was also negative and he has a shoulder strain. Both players are listed as questionable.

Beyond that, Scott said 37-year-old Kobe Bryant "felt good" after playing his first game in nearly nine months Sunday, in which Bryant scored five points on 1-of-5 shooting in 12 minutes, all in the first quarter. Scott said he and Bryant would discuss how many minutes Bryant might play in Tuesday's game against the Utah Jazz here.

Scott said Bryant could play just 12 minutes again Tuesday or possibly more, but Scott said that decision would likely be made Tuesday morning.

If Bryant plays, as expected, Scott confirmed he'll go with the same starting lineup: Russell, Jordan Clarkson, Bryant, Julius Randle and Roy Hibbert.

Scott said he wouldn't mind if that starting lineup emerged as one he could use throughout the regular season.

"I would love for this group to take this to the next level," Scott said. "The only way they can do that is by playing together a little bit more in game situations and practice."

Scott said Nance practiced Monday and is expected to play Tuesday. He also said veteran forward Metta World Peace is expected to play after sitting out Sunday's game.

Huertas isn't scheduled to play Tuesday, as the team announced he will be absent because he'll be receiving his immigration documents in Vancouver.