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Kobe Bryant can run again, but is a long way from playing


You will not be seeing the Black Mamba much for the remainder of the season. As Kobe Bryant coninues to deal with a painful shin injury, the Lakers are expected to be extremely cautious with him in advance of the NBA playoffs. What had started as a relatively minor injury has brought up talk that Bryant could have played his last regular season game, though the possibility is remote. In fact, as the L.A. Times reports, Bryant is only just now moving to the phase where he can run without pain.

Bryant will now begin running again, and if that is pain-free, can begin drills that involve jumping. If there is no discomfort at that point, he will be cleared to play.

There’s a chance he will miss the rest of the regular season, though it is considered a longshot.

Bryant sitting out 10 consecutive games to end the regular season?

“I don’t think so,” Brown said before the game. “We knew it was going to be a process. We knew it

was an injury where we didn’t want to rush him back. But he is making progress.”

via Lakers turn to B-team to beat Nuggets, clinch playoff berth – latimes.com.

The Lakers have actually flourished without Bryant. Not because of his absence, don’t get worked up, Kobe fans. But because of the impetus for supporting players to step up has caused an increase in confidence and production from Metta World Peace, Matt Barnes, and others. If they can integrate Bryant successfully back into the fold without losing the chemistry they’ve developed on the floor, the Lakers could have something serious come playoff time.

Of course that’s a big if. It certainly sounds as if Bryant won’t be back until the very least another week, giving him only a couple of games to get back into full motion. Then again, considering Bryant’s experience in the playoffs, it’s hard to see him having trouble ramping up his gear to the right level. It’s awkward timing, but assuming the process heals the injury right, it shouldn’t be an area of a concern for the Lakers, and actually a welcome opportunity to rest the rest of Bryant’s body.

Dwight Howard suffers herniated disc in back, may miss rest of regular season

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The Orlando Magic announced Friday night that Dwight Howard who has missed several games with a back injury has suffered a herniated disc in his back. From the AP:

Magic spokesman Joel Glass said Howard was examined by Dr. Robert Watkins after Howard flew out there earlier Friday for a second opinion for what had previously be called back spasms since he injured his back at the end of March.

There is no timetable for his return and it will be based on how he responds to treatment.

Howard is scheduled to fly back to Orlando on Saturday.

The Magic are now 1-4 without him this season.

Howard had gone to L.A. to seek a second opinion after continued pain in his back had kept him out five games, including a double-digit loss to the Atlanta Hawks Friday night. Without Howard, the Magic are in freefall. For all the talk of how much he’s underutilized by Stan Van Gundy’s offense, in reality the entire system on both sides is built around Howard. The Magic stand three games out of the eighth spot above both the New York Knicks and Philadelphia 76ers. The Orlando Sentinel reports that Howard is unlikely to return for the regular season:


So things could get very intense for the Magic down the stretch in what has already been a mentally exhausting season for the Magic, what with Howard demanding a trade, then retracting it, then re-extending it, then wanting to stay, then not wanting to stay, then wanting to stay and signing a waiver, then having it revealed by his coach that he had asked his ownership to fire his coach. So, you know, not a great way to end what has already been a really difficult season for the Magic.

Kobe to miss 3rd straight game with shin injury

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From ESPN Los Angeles’ Dave McMenamin:

SAN ANTONIO — The condition of Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant‘s inflamed left shin continues to improve, but Bryant will sit out his third consecutive game Wednesday against the San Antonio Spurs, Lakers coach Mike Brown said.

McMenamin reported that Bryant is no longer in a walking boot, and will have had a full week to rest his shin if he chooses to suit up for the Lakers’ next scheduled game against the Nuggets on Friday.

Bryant has averaged 28.1 points per game on 43.0% shooting this season. The Lakers have gone 1-1 in the two games Kobe has missed.

Clippers’ Mo Williams out vs. Grizzlies

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From the Los Angeles Clippers’ Madelyn Burke:

Mo Williams (toe) will not play tonight vs Grizzlies

Williams has averaged 13.6 points and 3.1 assists per game for the Clippers this season, but has missed the last 9 games for the team. The Clippers were on a 3-game losing streak before Williams got injured, and have gone 8-1 in the 9 games he’s missed. The Grizzlies are currently 1.5 games behind the Clippers for the 4th seed in the Western Conference.

Ryan Anderson in walking boot, says ankle looks “like a softball”

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From the Orlando Sentinel’s Joshua B. Robbins:

Ryan Anderson says his right ankle still looks like a “softball.” He’s wearing a walking boot.

The 23-year old Anderson, who was once a throw-in in a trade that sent Vince Carter to the Magic, has been enjoying a breakout season for the Magic — his PER is at 21.99, he leads all NBA players in 3-pointers made while sinking 41.3% of his attempts from deep, and he’s averaging 7.5 rebounds per game. The Magic have lost their last three games with Anderson in the lineup, so it’s conceivable that they could have a very tough stretch run if he doesn’t get healthy soon. Anderson is currently listed as “day-to-day.”