Lakers guard Kobe Bryant remains a game-time decision tonight against the Indiana Pacers because of flu-like symptoms.
The illness proved severe enough for Bryant to miss the Lakers’ morning shootaround. Does Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni believe Bryant will become healthy enough or at least fight through it to play?
“I don’t know,” D’Antoni said. “Me as a coach, I hope. But you never know. I want him to be well.”
Should Bryant sit out, it’s likely the starting shooting guard spot would go to Jodie Meeks. He has particularly flourished under D’Antoni. Meeks has tallied 10.7 points on 50 percent shooting from 3-point range the past three games, a sharp increase from the 2.8 points per game average on 22.7 percent shooting from the perimeter in his first nine appearances.
Meanwhile, Bryant has averaged a league-leading 26.9 points per game on 51 percent shooting.
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