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In back-to-back games against the Denver Nuggets Kobe Bryant shot the ball poor from the field.

The Lakers won one game, and lost one game against Denver over the weekend, while Bryant shot 26% from the field.

However, when you consider that Bryant was averaging 27.8 points on 48.1 percent shooting through the Lakers’ first four games maybe he just had a couple of off shooting nights.

According to, his wrist may have more to do with his recent poor shooting then he is admitting:

Sources connected to the team tell TMZ … the pain has been excruciating.  Our sources say he’s gotten a numbing shot before each game since the injury, and as a result the pain was tolerable during play.  But we’re told the shot did almost nothing Sunday night, and as one source put it, “It was a miracle that he even played.”

Our Lakers sources tell us … in addition to the numbing shots, Kobe’s regimen is now to play with a cast, get physical therapy after each game and wear a flexible cast at all times off the court.

Coach Mike Brown also told ESPNLA that Bryant’s wrist, which still causes Bryant’s right hand to swell up significantly two weeks after he sustained the injury, could be hurting Bryant more than he is letting on.

The Lakers play tonight against the Houston Rockets at 7:30pm PST. Bryant is fully expected to play.