Kobe Bryant to sit out second half of Lakers-Pacers game

INDIANAPOLIS — Even Kobe Bryant has his limits.

After playing the entire first quarter on a severely sprained left ankle, Kobe Bryant will sit out the entire second half of the Lakers game tonight against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Bryant will sit on the bench instead of staying in the trainer’s room.

The Lakers hold a 46-41 half-time lead and very little of it had to do with Bryant’s production.

He missed all four of his field goal attempts, looked limited in his movement and sat out the entire second quarter. But it’s possible Bryant still impacted the game. First off, Bryant constantly coached his teammates from the sideline. He even diagrammed plays on a clipboard after Dwight Howard picked up his third foul midway through the second quarter.

It’s also possible the Lakers may have felt propelled to pick up the slack. Reserves Antawn Jamison and Steve Blake combined for 19 points.

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