Kobe Bryant (shoulder) out against Mavericks

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Kobe Bryant‘s streak of games played – his second longest of the season – will end at seven.


The Lakers have struggled with or without Kobe, who’d been playing through injury. They’ve dropped six straight.

Kobe’s absence doesn’t change the outlook tonight. The Mavericks remain big favorites.

There was a little buzz about the final meeting between Kobe and Dirk Nowitzki. Turns out, that was in November.