Lakers Vs. Timberwolves: Masked Kobe Bryant Leads L.A. To Easy Win

The Lakers have beaten the Timberwolves 17 straight times.

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Lakers Schedule 2012: Showdown With LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat Looming Sunday

Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers have struggled at times this season, but they have absolutely excelled at home. At 15-2, the Lakers are tied for the second best home record in the NBA this season, and continue their brief three-game homestand with a pair of games this weekend. Sacramento comes to town Friday night, but the marquee matchup is Sunday afternoon when LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat invade Staples Center. Here is the Lakers weekend schedule:

Friday - Sacramento Kings (12-23) at Lakers (7:30 p.m., Prime Ticket): The Lakers look for some payback for their 100-91 loss in Sacramento on December 26 in the second game of the season.

Sunday - Miami Heat (28-7) at Lakers (12:30 p.m., ABC): One week after delivering a hard foul in the All-Star game that broke Bryant's nose and gave him a concussion, Wade comes to Los Angeles to apologize to Kobe in person. Expect things to get physical, especially if Matt Barnes has a say. Miami beat the Lakers handily in Miami, 98-87 on January 19.

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Kobe Bryant Injury Update: Lakers Star Misses Thursday Practice For Neck Treatment

Kobe Bryant sat out practice on Thursday in order to receive treatment on his neck. His status for Friday's game against the Kings is unknown.

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Lakers Vs. Timberwolves Final Score: Kobe Bryant Shines In 104-85 Win

A simple concussion and broken nose couldn't keep Kobe Bryant off the basketball floor. A newly-masked Bryant had 31 points, eight assists, and seven rebounds to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a 104-85 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night at Staples Center. It was the 17th consecutive victory over Minnesota for the Lakers, who have now won six straight home games and are 15-2 as the host this season.

Bryant scored 14 of his 31 points in the decisive third quarter, when the Lakers turned a six-point halftime lead into a 24-point advantage heading into the final quarter. Andrew Bynum added 13 points, 13 rebounds and three blocked shots for the Lakers, who shot 48.8% from the field on Wednesday.

The Lakers have score 100 points just six times in 35 games this season, and two of them have been against the Timberwolves.

The Timberwolves were without All-Star forward Kevin Love, who sat out with flu-like symptoms. Michael Beasley and Martell Webster each scored 14 points off the bench to lead Minnesota, who shot just 39.3% from the field during the game.

Up next for the Lakers is a Friday night battle at home against the Sacramento Kings.

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Lakers Vs. Timberwolves Game Score: Kobe Bryant Leads Lakers To 50-44 Halftime Lead

Kobe Bryant, wearing a mask for the first time in his career, had 10 points and five assists in the first half, leading the Los Angeles Lakers to a 50-44 halftime lead over the Minnesota Timberwolves at Staples Center. The Lakers have beaten the Timberwolves 16 straight times, including 10 straight in Los Angeles.

Bryant scored 10 points in the first quarter as the Lakers built a 26-11 lead. However, Minnesota used a 9-0 run into the second quarter to trim the lead. Andrew Bynum added nine points and seven rebounds for the Lakers, who shot 53.7% from the field in the first half (22 for 41).

La Mirada High School star Derrick Williams was inserted into the starting lineup one night after torching the Clippers for 27 points off the bench on 9-of-10 shooting, and scored seven points in the first half for Minnesota, who shot 41.3% (19 for 46) in the opening half. Kevin Love is out with flu-like symptoms.

Michael Beasley led the Timberwolves with eight points off the bench in the first half.

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Lakers Vs. Timberwolves Game Preview, Game Time, TV Info And More

The Los Angeles Lakers, with or without concussed superstar Kobe Bryant, will open the second half of their season on Wednesday night hosting the Minnesota Timberwolves at Staples Center. Here are the details of Wednesday night's NBA contest:

Records: Lakers (20-14), Timberwolves (18-17)

Location: Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles

Time: 7:30 p.m.

TV: Fox Sports West, with Bill Macdonald and Stu Lantz on the call.

Offensive Efficiency: Timberwolves, 103.7 points per 100 possessions (13th in NBA); Lakers, 103.0 (17th)

Defensive Efficiency: Lakers, 101.0 (12th); Timberwolves, 102.1 (13th)

Going Streaking: The Lakers have beaten the Timberwolves 16 straight times, including a 106-101 win in Minneapolis on January 29. The last time the Lakers lost to the Timberwolves was March 6, 2007. The Lakers have won 10 straight home games against Minnesota.

Home, Sweet Home: The Lakers are 14-2 at home this season, and have won five straight home games.

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Lakers Vs. Timberwolves: Kobe Bryant Still Needs To Be Cleared To Play

The good news for Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant is that he has been symptom free since Tuesday afternoon, the team announced today. But Bryant, who suffered a nasal fracture and a concussion on Sunday night's NBA All-Star Game in Orlando, still needs to be cleared by neurologist Dr. Vern Williams in order to play Wednesday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Staples Center.

"He's still going through the necessary steps to be cleared," said head coach Mike Brown, who said that if Bryant couldn't play, the options to start at shooting guard would be Devin Ebanks, Jason Kapono or Steve Blake, per Mike Trudell of NBA.com.

Bryant has already seen the neurologist Wednesday, and has passed the Axon, bike, and treadmill tests. The Axon test is a baseline test that measures the speed and accuracy of the brain. All that's left for Kobe, per the team, is to pass the 2-on-2 test, then be cleared by the neurologist in order to be able to play Wednesday night.

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Kobe Bryant Injury: Lakers Guard Suffered Concussion In Addition To Broken Nose

The injury received by Kobe Bryant in the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday keeps getting worse for the Los Angeles Lakers superstar guard. Bryant, in addition to suffering a nasal fracture in the hit from Dwyane Wade in the third quarter in Orlando on Sunday, also suffered a concussion as a result of the hit, the Lakers announced Tuesday evening.

Bryant visited ear, nose, and throat specialist Dr. John Rehm on Tuesday, who confirmed the broken nose, and referred Kobe to Dr. Vern Williams, a neurologist. After examining Bryant, Williams diagnosed him with a concussion. Kobe will be reevaluated on Wednesday, and his status for Wednesday's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Staples Center is officially day-to-day.

Considering the various maladies Bryant has played through in his career, including shrugging off a torn ligament in his wrist to begin this season, one would expect Bryant to play Wednesday night. Lakers coach Mike Brown agreed, telling Kevin Ding of the Orange Country Register, "I know he's tough as nails and he plays through a lot of stuff."

Bryant is leading the NBA in scoring this season at 28.4 points per game.

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Kobe Bryant Injury: Lakers Superstar To See Neurologist Over Broken Nose

If you're looking for a resilient athlete, Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers is the guy who would probably fits the bill the best. Kobe has been injured over and over again, and he somehow finds a way to start playing by next week.

However, his current issue might cause him some problems. Bryant got his nose broken by Dwyane Wade during the 2012 NBA All-Star Game, and now it might hamper his ability to play in the near future. Mike Trudell reported the following regarding Kobe's injury.

Kobe Bryant went to see ear, nose and throat specialist Dr. John Rehm on Tuesday after suffering a broken nose at Sunday’s All-Star game, and because Bryant is experiencing further symptoms, Dr. Rehm recommended an MRI and that Bryant see a neurologist.

The fact that Bryant has had to see this many specialists gives you the feeling that this is not your run-of-the-mill injury. Usually Kobe is able to shake off any tough injury, but there does seem to be a lot of double-checking. Then again, broken noses suck, so it's better to be through than not.

Is this an injury that could finally sideline Bryant? Although no one really knows how severe the issue is, I'd have to lean toward no, because if I say yes, Kobe will just go out there and prove us all wrong.

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Kobe Bryant Injury: Expect Lakers Guard To Play Wednesday Night

Kobe Bryant set the all-time NBA All-Star Game scoring record on Sunday in Orlando, but it didn't come without a cost. The Los Angeles Lakers guard was fouled hard by Dwyane Wade in the third quarter of the All-Star Game, a shot that caused Bryant's nose to bleed. A CT scan after the game revealed a nasal fracture for Bryant.

Kobe will be reevaluated in Los Angeles by ear, nose, and throat specialist Dr. John Rehm on Tuesday. But considering Bryant didn't miss a game earlier in the season with a torn wrist ligament, it seems highly unlikely that Kobe will miss any time from this injury.

The Lakers open the second half of their season on Wednesday night at Staples Center against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Times thought the foul by Wade was inappropriate."Yet, it remains clear pro athletes follow a specific code in these showcase games. Put on a show. Have fun. Play little to no defense. And by all means, don't get hurt or hurt anyone else," wrote Medina. "Instead, Wade acted otherwise."

The Lakers host the Miami Heat on Sunday.

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