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Lakers Injury Updates: Kobe Bryant doubtful vs. Warriors with leg injury, Marcelo Huertas returns to practice

Kobe Bryant might miss his first preseason game.

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers are offiically listing Kobe Bryant as doubtful for their game against the Golden State Warriors on Saturday, reports Eric Pincus of the Los Angeles Times. Bryant suffered a left lower-leg contusion in the Lakers' loss to the Sacramento Kings, but the injury is considered minor. Kobe has started in all five of the Lakers' preseason games, and Scott said it's "nothing real serious."

Bryant's absence would mean a shift in the starting lineup as Byron Scott continues to weigh his options. D'Angelo Russel felt uncomfortable playing off the bench against the Kings, despite the fact he played well against Maccabi Haifa with the reserves. Anthony Brown has started in the last two games in his place and could continues seeing time with the starting lineup.

Marcelo Huertas has begun working toward his debut, participating in his first practice since suffering a hamstring tear. The Lakers are listing him as questionable to face the Warriors. Huertas' veteran presence as a facilitator behind D'Angelo Russell has yet to be seen in-game, with roster cuts looming over the next two weeks. His status Saturday could also influence Scott's rotation against Golden State.

Tip-off against the Warriors is Saturday at 7 p.m. PT.

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