Kobe Bryant misses second straight preseason game, might sit out finale

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant missed his second straight preseason game Monday and might not see the floor again until the regular season.

Bryant did not play in the team's 104-102 win over the Portland Trail Blazers at Staples Center due to a lower leg contusion.

Lakers coach Byron Scott outlined Bryant's activity plan for the next few days as he recovers.

"He'll come in tomorrow, get treatment and probably get on the court a little bit," Scott said after Monday's game. "He wants to play Thursday [in the preseason finale against the Golden State Warriors], and he's told me that in our conversations. If he feels 100 percent, we'll go from there. If he doesn't, we'll wait until next Wednesday.''

The 37-year-old Bryant suffered the injury last week during a preseason game against the Sacramento Kings in Las Vegas. He missed Saturday's game against the Warriors in San Diego.

Although Scott said he isn't concerned about the injury, he wants to play it safe with Bryant, whose past three seasons have been cut short by injury.

Scott said he is confident Bryant will "absolutely" play in the Lakers' regular-season opener Oct. 28 against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Staples Center.