Kobe Bryant missed the Los Angeles Lakers' win over the Golden State Warriors in San Diego on Saturday night as he continues to rehab from a "left leg contusion" he suffered during the team's loss to the Sacramento Kings earlier this week, and he could miss the remainder of the preseason according to Lakers head coach Byron Scott.
"To be honest with you, he probably won't play," Scott told assembled media on Sunday, citing that he would rather have Bryant fully healthy than rush him back for preseason games that mean very little in the grand scheme of things. Bryant has been ruled out for Monday's game, and the Lakers only play one more preseason game, Thursday against the Golden State Warriors before beginning the regular season against the Minnesota Timberwolves the following Wednesday. If Bryant does not go, expect to see D'Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson retain their spots as the starting backcourt for now.
Also missing the Lakers' game in San Diego was guard Lou Williams. Williams has now been upgraded to probable for the Lakers' Monday night game against the Portland Trail Blazers after being held out to rest a sore groin.