Kobe Bryant will likely sit out of the remainder of the Los Angeles Lakers' preseason games, and is officially listed out against the Portland Trail Blazers. He is expected to start running again Tuesday, and the training staff has worked to reduce swelling and soreness in his left calf, reports Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News.
If he sits out until the season opener on Oct. 28, Bryant will have averaged 13 points, 1.4 assists and 1.4 rebounds in 18.1 minutes per game while shooting 37.5 percent from three-point range and 44.7 percent overall. Lou Williams was considered probable Saturday against the Golden State Warriors but was held out while he recovers from a sore groin. Williams will also miss the Lakers' game against the Trail Blazers.
Lakers head coach Byron Scott will stick with the same starting lineup of Jordan Clarkson, D'Angelo Russell, Anthony Brown, Julius Randle and Roy Hibbert, Scott rotated lineups by quarter in San Diego, but the game was cut short before his fourth-quarter unit could play. This is the last game before roster cuts, giving several players one last opportunity to make an impression before final decisions are made on the 15 slots.