Ryan Kelly and Tarik Black took part in a Development League game Sunday in Santa Cruz and could not return in time for tipoff at Staples Center. Kelly had 23 points and Black had 11 points in the L.A. D-Fenders’ 106-103 loss to the Grand Rapids Drive.
Russell might need another day or two to recover from his ankle injury, Lakers Coach Byron Scott said, while Bryant’s return table wasn’t as clear-cut. His injury wasn’t thought to be serious, though.
“I totally forgot that he had mentioned that the last game to me in the fourth quarter, that he felt he strained it a little bit but he was OK,” Scott said Sunday. “It didn’t even cross my mind today until … [trainer] Gary Vitti texted me earlier this afternoon to let me know that he wasn’t going to be able to play.”
Bryant scored 19 points Friday in the Lakers’ 117-113 loss to Oklahoma City. He went scoreless in four minutes of the fourth quarter.
“He just shrugged and said, ‘I’m OK’ and he finished out the game,” Scott said.
It is not the same Achilles' tendon that Bryant injured in April 2013. He sustained a season-ending tear in the left Achilles' that year.