Lakers Lose In Overtime to Suns ; Kobe out for Last 2 Preseason Games

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Kobe Bryant will miss the Lakers’ last two preseason games, according to insidesocal.com. including tonight against Portland in Ontario and against Sacramento on Friday in Las Vegas, stated the website.

“The Lakers say the 36-year-old Bryant have not suffered any injuries,” reported insidesocal.com “But he will rest so he can feel fully charged for when the regular season starts next Tuesday against the Houston Rockets at Staples Center.”

“We’ve got a lot of guys sitting right now. We’re playing with a lot of young kids. It’s been difficult,” stated Laker shooting guard, Kobe Bryant as reported by LA Times.

This evening in Phoenix the Lakers lost to the Suns  in overtime, 114 to 108.

“The Lakers  had a great opportunity to pick up their second-straight victory” reported  silverscreenandroll.com, “but a pair of botched free-throws from Wesley Johnson  in the final moments of the fourth quarter” were all that the Suns needed.

” Bryant finished with a game-high 27 points on 20 field goals, doing much of his damage in the fourth quarter and overtime. Unfortunately for the Lakers it didn’t amount to a victory,” added silverscreenandroll.com.

“I was at this Laker game with my friends, Kyle Pierce and Joshua Noble. I thought it was an extremely excited game to go to because it went into overtime by a buzzbeater by Suns’ point guard, Isaiah Pope and because it was the first game It was the first game I had watched Kobe play in a year,” stated Garret Schnitker, BYMS eighth grader.” Overall, this was an outstanding game to go to,” he added.

Jeremy Lin’s return to the Lakers’ lineup was a welcomed sight as he facilitated the offense and orchestrated the pick-and-roll throughout the game. His chemistry with Ed Davis continues to grow, and the duo connected on a handful of nice plays, including this beautiful screen leading to an alley-oop dunk.

Jeremy Lin’s returned  to the Lakers lineup against the Suns and  he “facilitated the offense and orchestrated the pick-and-roll throughout the game. His chemistry with Ed Davis continues to grow, and the duo connected on a handful of nice plays, including this beautiful screen leading to an alley-oop dunk,” reported silverscreenandroll.com. “The Lakers are back in action Wednesday night against the Portland Trail Blazers. At the very least, Lin had a solid game in his return, and we got to see some vintage Kobe Bryant at the end of the game.”

The Los Angeles Lakers played Utah Jazz on Thursday, October 16, and lost 91-98. On Sunday  the Lakers  lost to the Golden State Warrior to 119-86, according to LA Times.

Kobe Bryant impressively scored 27 points, but he has missed 6 out of 13 free throws. He also committed a hard foul against Gordon Hayward after doing a fastbreak, according to LA Times

Fans were expecting Ryan Kelly to return  Sunday, but  Kelly injured his other hamstring,  keeping him sidelined., reported lakersnation.com, Coach Byron Scott sent out Ronnie Price, Kobe Bryant, Wesley Johnson, Carlos Boozer and Jordan Hill to start the game, reported the website, but  Jeremy Lin sat out again.

Where was Julius Randle in the second half? He missed a running layup and a short jumper in second quarter. He did have a nice move which was a double-clutch-spin move, according to LA Times.

Despite reports of friction between the newest Lakers and Kobe, Jeremy Lin has recently stated his admiration for Kobe as a “mentor and leader,” according to Bob Garcia IV. “Since the moment I was traded,” added Lin.