After losing a close one Monday night in Portland to the
Bryant sat out his fourth game of the season, to rest his 36-year-old body. Johnson was hurt on Sunday, suffering a strained hip flexor that could keep him out at least a week.
All told, the Lakers have lost players for 127 games this season due to injury, not including Bryant's days off.
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All told, the Lakers have lost players for 139 games, which will easily grow by at least 100 before the end of the season (unless the team trades or cuts Nash).
Despite the long list of missed games, the Lakers may fall short of last year's number of 319, which lead to a 27-win season.
Competing regularly has been a challenge with so many players in street clothes. The Lakers may win 30 games this year, enough to miss the playoffs but likely too many to trigger top-five protection on the first-round pick the Lakers owe the
The Lakers visit the Clippers (23-12) on Wednesday. Bryant is expected to play but Johnson, Nash and Randle will add to the missed-games total.