Kobe out for tonight’s game. Never thought I’d type that sentence again. Thank God we have Sasha to step-up! Ugh. Who am I kidding? The curse continues after tonight. Seriously folks, Lakers squad need to play one perfect game to escape with a win in Portland.

Lakers Basketblog: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant will miss Saturday evening’s game in Portland due to his sprained left ankle, an injury he originally suffered in Philadelphia on Jan. 29 and that he aggravated against Charlotte on Wednesday.

It will be the first game Bryant has missed due to injury since Dec. 8, 2006, when a sprained ankle kept him out of L.A.’s game against Atlanta.

He will be re-evaluated on Sunday in Los Angeles; the Lakers next game is on Monday, Feb. 8, against San Antonio.

  • stunna2007

    well hopefully every1 can’t play on a high level because we really need this W tonite….go Lakers

  • LakersBabe

    Good! Finally Kobe can get some rest. It’s been clear that he is hurting.

    Instead of the medical condition causing him to miss the game Phil should have sat him down. Kobe can be stubborn but Phil is the coach.

    Hopefully he will take a few days off and maybe even miss the All Star game. The Lakers need him at 100% or at least close to 100% in the playoffs.

  • Salty

    Or we can look at it this way, no Kobe means that the offense starts with Gasol or Bynum in the post, which means less pick and rolls and less iso plays. We might actually get to see the triangle offense tonight!

  • LakersBabe

    Now lets see if Vuyachoke can earn some of his salary.

  • GO247

    No Kobe tonight. Good, he deserves some rest. The other guys need to step up, kobe cant bail them out all the time.

  • expo

    nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo…..!!!!!!

  • kb24mvp2010

    damn kobe..

    • LakersBabe

      ??????

  • gugy

    I think this is good, Kobe needs to rest. I rather have him against the Spurs.
    Portland is a good team, but the Lakers need to step up and play big time a snatch a win. Gasol and Fisher need to lead this team. Sasha has a chance to redeemed himself.
    Truth of the matter is, Denver beat us without Carmelo, so the Lakers can beat Portland without Kobe.

    • LakersBabe

      I hear ya. But I would like him to rest all of next week and the All Star break. He needs time to heal.

      • Green Flannel

        TO ME IT DEPENDS ON HOW LA DOES IN OREGON.

  • keepon_keepinon18

    ESPN says Jordan is starting? I thought Shannon would be a better replacement today, oh well.

    • keepon_keepinon18

      GO LAKERS! STAY AGGRESSIVE, TO THE PAINT, TO THE PAINT!

  • drive-for-16th

    lamar started, thank god kobe is resting. wish him the best to get better and healthier by spurs game.

  • Green Flannel

    HAHA C’MON JAMIE! HAVE SOME CONFIDENCE, THEY ARE DOIN PURDY GOOD

  • drive-for-16th

    Has anybody seen hows Paus playing, throwing the ball away, cant catch the ball, too lazy.

  • done

    FUCKING FINALLY!

  • drive-for-16th

    THEY SAID KOBE MIGHT SIT OUT THE ALL STAR GAME!!!!!!!!!!!

    • LakersBabe

      Rest Kobe Rest!

    • ilikebasketball

      I HOPE SOOO!!!

      REST KOBE REST IS RIGHT!

  • http://57.amklac a Million Misses!

    The Kobe is resting up for the AllStar game, he`s knows tonight in portland isn`t gonna happen.

    • LakersBabe

      skip the allstar game. just do the dunk contest.

  • Luke makes me Puke

    What is Luke doing on this team? Damn he SUCKS!

    God I we we could unload this piece of crap and Vujaturd too!

    • LakersBabe

      Luke does suck. Get him outta here. Trade Walton, Morrison and Vuyacic.

  • Luke makes me Puke

    What the HELL is Fisher doing in the paint? Is there a worse guard at shooting in the paint. He sure throws up some GOOFY shots in the paint. Stay the HELL OUT OF THE PAINT FISH!

    • yash

      Hes tryna get the foul call. He knows that he cant make any shots in the paint unless hes wide open.
      Your understanding of the lakers as a team is bad.
      Luke is actually good. hes a good passer, above avg shooter, hes better than vujacic for sure. vujacic needs to practice so he can get his touch back or maybe grow out his hair again. idk

      • Green Flannel

        OWNED! HAHA YOU TELL ‘EM

  • Luke makes me Puke

    Why are we firing up so DAMN many 3’s? Come on Odumb!

    • HusbandLovesLuke

      ROFLCOPTER

  • http://57.amklac a Million Misses!

    WOW, players passing the ball , nobody hogging every shot.a balanced offense,fun to watch…….guys all having fun, whats missing.kobe.

  • Green Flannel

    SORRY JAIME, SPELLED IT WRONG.

  • Green Flannel

    HEY LAKER FANS! ONE OF THE COMMENTATORS CALLED US BANDWAGON FANS. “IT HAS BEEN FIVE YEARS SINCE THE BANDWAGON LAKER FANS HAD SOMETHING TO CHEER ABOUT.” IDK ABOUT YOU, BUT I’M A LAKER FAN THROUGH AND THROUGH!! ALL I HAVE TO SAY IS LO-20!!!!!

    • drive-for-16th

      THE COMMENTATOR SAID HE HATES KOBE, I THOUGHT I HEARD THAT, AND BLAZERS COMMENTATORS ARE THE BIGGEST ASSHOLES, THEY SHOULD NOT BE ON AIR.

    • ilikebasketball

      HE’S DIRECTING THAT TOWARDS THE LAKER FANS IN PORTLAND.

      PORTLAND PEOPLE WHO ARE LAKERS FANS SHOULD BE ANGRY.
      I AIN’T IN PORTLAND.

      I JUST LOVE HEARING THAT ANNOUNCER BITCH AND WHINE.

      • islandgirl

        Just came back from the Laker game tonight and it was FANTASTIC! – When I got to the Garden, and I heard that Kobe wasn’t going to play tonight, I thought “Heaven help us!” … My husband on the other hand said that it was a good test to see if the Lakers can win the game without Kobe and they most certainly PASSED!!!

        It was such a nice ride home on the Max line knowing that even though we were out numbered by the hundreds of Blazer fans, we had something really to smile about!!!

        • Green Flannel

          THOSE COMMENTATORS ARE WAY TO UNPROFESSIONAL.
          NO ONE CAN COMPARE TO STEW AND JOEL! GO LAL!

          • islandgirl

            Mike Rice, one of the commentators for the Portland Trailblazers, really irritates me! – He thinks that all Portlanders should be Blazers fans but, newsflash, not everyone likes the Blazers up here!!!!

  • Green Flannel

    THAT’S NOT REALLY ALL I HAVE TO SAY. GOOD ALL-AROUND PLAY BY THESE GUYS. REALLY GOOD TO SEE THEM MATCH THE INTENSITY OF PORTLAND LATE IN THE FIRST HALF. ONLY PLAYERS THAT DID NOT DO WELL(COMPARED TO EVERYONE ELSE) WERE PAU, LUKE AND, JOSH. (EVEN SASHA WAS HITTING HIS SHOTS!) PROUD OF THEM FOR STEPPING UP! GO SHANNON AND LO-WHAT 20-SOMETHING REBOUNDS? DAMN!

  • Luke makes me Puke

    What’s missing?

    Bynum was out the 2nd half and we kept Puke out too!

  • Green Flannel

    OH YEAH BYNUM DID WELL TOO.

  • drive-for-16th

    NO KOBE, ARTEST WAS BIGGGG, LO WAS GOOD, SHANNON BROWN WAS REALLY BIG, BUT ARTEST MADE THOSE 3S IN A ROW AND THAT ALMOST HALF COURT ONE WAS AMAZING. GREAT WIN. LETS GET KOBE BACK NEXT GAME AND BEAT THE SPURS.

    • Green Flannel

      WAS HE AT THE GAME?

      • islandgirl

        I did not see Kobe at the game tonight – at all.

        • Marwan Marzina

          He was there, but in the locker room getting treatment for his ankle.

  • gugy

    great win guys, Maybe Kobe can sit against the Spurs too.
    If the team play great D like they did tonight, I would not be surprise to see them take over the Spurs.

    Congrats to the LAkers. Let’s roll!
    Kobe, rest bro, come back after the All Star 100%

  • Luke makes me Puke

    This game says a lot. I’m convinced now we should make that Bynum for Bosh trade. The offense runs so much better without Andrew. Now he keeps doing this goofy move where he backs into the defender and falls down. So lame!

  • http://57.amklac a Million Misses!

    the NBA MVP WENT FOR 47 TONIGHT…what did kobe do?

    • drive-for-16th

      kobe sat out and his team blew out the team at their home, can the cavs do that.

      • http://TheLakersNation pwned

        naw, i belive the queen sat out the last game of last season at home and the 76ers kicked their ass. just shows how they cant work without the ball in the queens hand and the isolation.

    • yash

      laker haters not allowed in this website.

      • berkyberks

        is there a rules in the nba that does not allowed james to get doubled? that is why he gets more of his way to the rim. ballhog 24 straight points when it doesn’t need to?that’s ballhog!
        Kobe on his way to 81 points is lakers trailing by 20, that is greatness!

  • drive-for-16th

    was kobe at the game? WHAT HAPPENED TO BYNUM, DID HE GET HURT OR SOMETHING?????????

    • http://TheLakersNation pwned

      drew was fouled by juwan howard and fell on his right hip. he bruised it and said he needs to rest over the all star break

  • http://57.amklac a Million Misses!

    man your stupid, the lakers play better without bryant, lebronze is part of a team,he can score 47 and include his teamates…kobe NEVER learned that.

    • http://TheLakersNation pwned

      has lebron won a ring averaging the stats he is now?
      i say not.

      if kobe can miss a million times and take the ball himself and still win rings for la, then so fucken be it. im happy with that.

    • drive-for-16th

      NICE BALLHOGGING BY LEBRON, 24 POINTS IN A ROW, HIS TEAM JUST STANDS AROUND AND WATCHES HIM AND IF THE GET HIS PASS THEY JUST SHOOT AND THATS HOW HE GETS HIS ASSISTS CAUSE HIS TEAM NEVER PASSES THE BALL AROUND IF LEBRICK PASSES THEY HAVE TO SHOOT, EVEN THE COACH DOESNT HAVE THE BALLS TO SAY ANYTHING, CAUSE HE DOESNT BELONG IN THE NBA EITHER,
      LEBRON = BALLLLLLL HOGGGGGG!!!
      FUKING BALLL HOGGGGGGGG

      • yash

        And they called kobe a ball hog. psh

      • ilikebasketball

        the coach of the year last year mike brown is the biggest joke, too.
        barkeley has been saying ti for years.
        1 on 5 doesnt work in the playoffs.
        and for the david stern to give brown the coach of the year is a joke. laughable.
        he should be ashamed.

    • ilikebasketball

      HAHA.
      THE only games he won against orlando last year was when he scored like 95% of the points. when he did all by himself.
      the other games they got embarrassed!
      and like the little embarrassed bitch he is he ran off without shaking hands or talking to the press.

      lebron is a bitch.
      nike’s and david stern’s bitch.

      he is a douche.
      and anyone who has a pure love for basketball roots against him, so that fans and true skill still determine who the heroes are. not david stern/nike/espn.

      down with lehype!

  • ilikebasketball

    first off…the guy who wrote the above is a schmuck. and a kobe fan not a laker fan. Jaime Q.

    second….. this is exactly like the ’02 champ run.

    when kobe was ballin’ but not playing team ball. and then went out with an injury and the team came together, and kobe came back and realized he needed to succumb to the team and not just about him as the end all be all of the team.

    this is a great sign!
    and kobe needs to take time off and heal heal heal!

  • Laker4 Life

    This has been the biggest win for the Lakers without Kobe. The player of the game should be Odom. He had a monster game with 10 points and 22 rebounds and 6 assists.

  • daboss1848

    Quite some faith you show Jaime . . .

  • islandgirl

    The half court 3 pointer by Ron Ron was FANTASTIC!!!! – He was certainly “on” tonight!!! – Derek Fisher was “on,” Lamar Odom was definitely “ON” and so was Shannon Brown!!! — The team completely caught me off guard !!

    It was WONDERFUL!!!!!!!!

  • Anthony

    Play a perfect game to win? Every time they go up there the Lakers let their emotions get the best of them. Obviously having Roy out is huge, but we just went out there and played basketball. It’s nice to see that we can do that without Kobe. Hopefully he can rest some more.

    He should have rested up last night.

  • Josh in D 310

    The Lakers played great today! I knew the team had it in them, all we needed was Kobe to rest and let the team gain caonfidence and chemistry 2gether.
    About Lehype James, He’s the Biggest bitch I’ve ever seen play in the NBA. C’mon he acts classless, Childish, and cry’s and bitches about every ticky tack thing. Dude its a contact sport and its part of the game 2 get touched by a defender. Another thing I See him do that makes him look so stupid is when he dances and raps to songs played in his arena. How fucking ghetto and childish is he? Is that the face of the New NBA? Fuck that! I wouldn’t want my son Admiring Lehype James because he’s a piece of shit. PeRiod!!. . . Go Lakers!, Fuck LeBitch James.

  • http://57.amklac a Million Misses!

    LEBRONZE is the face and heart of the NBA,your hurt little girl kobe is the no passing gotta have the stata..selfish me first before the team dog of the 90`s…..kobes old news, get fresh get LEBRONZE.

    • ilkebasketball

      no passing?!?!?!?

      are you insane?!??!?

      you are defending lebron by saying kobe never passes???

      lebron can only win when he does it by himself, because that’s how his crappy ass coach has taught him.

      kobe complains about calls and can be a ballhog, but when he gets his bearings and settles down he is another jordan, team and individual and rings!

      lebron is nothing.
      a running back who charges the paint and gets a call.

  • http://57.amklac a Million Misses!

    like kobe CRYant doesn`t cry and bitch when she doesn`t get a bailout call…you girls have zero to say about the heart of the NBA..LEBRONZE.BECAUSE KOBE DOES THE SAME CRAP.

    • ilkebasketball

      seems that losing a playoff series and running out without shaking hands or even talking to the press is the bitch move.

      kobe complains about calls, but he’s never kicked a gatorade bucket and splashed his fans because he didn’t get a call when it was fucking the first quarter!!!!!

      a child!

  • http://57.amklac a Million Misses!

    LEbronze has never led the league in technical fouls, you know the mamba has…..

    • berkyberks

      cavs and lefrog get most of the wins co’z they face the weak east teams 3 or 4 times each other unlike the lakers on the heavy west. the no. 5 seeds on the east will not be on playoffs spot in the west. that is why lebron is gifted!

    • Marwan Marzina

      Of course LeBron never led the league in technical fouls. With the refs on his side, how could he?

  • http://57.amklac a Million Misses!