PE: Kobe Bryant hates to admit it, but his strained left groin still is a problem.
Bryant, injured a week ago against Golden State, still was trying to measure his game Thursday night.
“It’s pretty frustrating,” he said. “I can’t explode to the basket like I want to. I’ve got to rely on my jump shot a lot more. That’s tough to get a lot of lift-off with it.”
Bryant, who finished 8 for 22 from the field for 21 points, was just 1 for 6 in the fourth quarter for two points.
The Lakers play tonight at Philadelphia, so there is no rest for him.
“I’m going to have to get into the gym early tomorrow and figure out how I’m going to shoot through this thing,” Bryant said.