Lakers Vs. Suns: Without Kobe Bryant, L.A. Fall In Phoenix

The Lakers and Suns have split four games this season, with the home team winning all four games.

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Lakers Schedule 2012: Showdowns With San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Mavericks Await

After six games in an eight-day stretch, the Los Angeles Lakers have a relatively light schedule this week, with no back-to-backs. They finish up a three-game road trip that is highlighted by a midweek matchup with the San Antonio Spurs, then the Lakers return home for two games, highlighted by a showdown on ABC against the defending champion Mavericks. Here is the Lakers schedule this week:

Monday - Lakers at New Orleans Hornets (5 p.m., KCAL): Kobe Bryant and his shin injury are improving but the star guard won't play against the Hornets. The Lakers have beaten the Hornets six straight times, including three straight in New Orleans.

Wednesday - Lakers at San Antonio Spurs (5:30 p.m., KCAL): San Antonio has won 11 straight games to surge into the top winning percentage in the Western Conference. The Lakers have beaten the Spurs two straight times but haven't faced them this season. The Lakers and Spurs play three times in a 10-day span beginning Wednesday.

Friday - Denver Nuggets at Lakers (7:30 p.m., Fox Sports West): The Lakers return home to open a three-game homestand.

Sunday - Dallas Mavericks at Lakers (12:30 p.m., ABC): The Mavericks, now without Lamar Odom, have lost to the Lakers all three times they have played this season.

For more news and notes on Lakers basketball, be sure to read Silver Screen and Roll.

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Kobe Bryant Injury: Bryant To Miss Second Straight Game With Injured Shin

According to a tweet from Mike Trudell, the Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant will miss his second straight game with a shin injury as the Lakers travel to face the New Orleans Hornets.

Bryant missed last night's 125-105 loss to the Phoenix Suns as the Lakers couldn't take advantage of their dominant frontline of Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum combining for 53 points and 31 rebounds.

Bryant was injured last Saturday in the Lakers' last game against the Hornets but was able to fend off the injury for four games afterwards. Head trainer Gary Vitti sat him down for Sunday's game and tonight's game as well.

Bryant is tops in the league in total minutes played and leads the NBA in scoring at 28.1 points per game. The Lakers are currently the no. 3 seed in the Western Conference with a 35-22 record.

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Lakers Vs. Suns Final Score: No Kobe Bryant, No Win For L.A., 125-105

The Los Angeles Lakers were without Kobe Bryant on Saturday night, and it showed, as they were blown out 125-105 by the Phoenix Suns at U.S. Airways Center in Phoenix. Former Laker Shannon Brown scored 24 points for the Suns in the victory.

With the loss, the Lakers are now even with the Clippers in the loss column in the race for the Pacific Division, though the Lakers have played one more game and own the tiebreaker between the two teams.

Pau Gasol led the Lakers with 30 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, and Andrew Bynum had 23 points and 18 rebounds, though Bynum missed 17 of his career-high 27 field goals attempts. The Lakers shot 48.5% as a team in the loss.

Michael Redd scored 23 points in 26 minutes off the bench for the Suns.

The Lakers travel next to New Orleans Monday night, the second game of a three-game road trip.

For all news and information regarding the Los Angeles Lakers, please visit Silver Screen & Roll.

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Kobe Bryant Injury: Lakers Star Does Not Play Saturday Due To Shin Injury

On Saturday night, for the first time this year, Kobe Bryant did not start in a game for the Los Angeles Lakers. Just before tipoff in their Saturday game against the Phoenix Suns in Arizona, it was announced that Bryant would not play, due to tenosynovitis of the shin.

Bryant was kicked in the shin last Saturday in a game against the Hornets but played in four games since then. Following Wednesday's game against the Clippers, Bryant appeared in the locker room in a walking boot, as the injury had not improved. Bryant still played in yet another game on Friday, but was shut down for Saturday's game by head trainer Gary Vitti, according to Mike Trudell of the Lakers blog.

The injury will end Bryant's streak of 138 straight games played.

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Lakers Vs. Suns: Game Time, TV Info, And More

The Los Angeles Lakers have played a lot of basketball in the last week, and continue their busy schedule Saturday night, opening a three-game road trip with a battle against the Phoenix Suns at U.S. Airways Center. Here are the relevant details for Kobe Bryant and the gang Saturday night in Phoenix:

Records: Lakers (35-21; third in Western Conference); Suns (28-27; 10th in West, two games out of playoff spot)

Location: U.S. Airways Center in downtown Phoenix

Time: 7 p.m. PDT

TV: KCAL, with Bill Macdonald and Stu Lantz on the call

Offensive Efficiency: Lakers, 105.7 points per 100 possessions (11th in NBA); Suns, 105.3 (14th)

Defensive Efficiency: Lakers, 103.2 (11th); Suns, 105.8 (20th)

Home vs. Road: The Lakers are 12-15 on the road this season, though they have won six of their last seven road contests. The Suns are 16-11 at home this season.

Series History: The Lakers are 2-1 against the Suns this season, with the home team winning all three meetings. In their last meeting, the Suns prevailed 102-90 in Phoenix on February 19.

Home Weary: The Lakers are playing their fourth game in five nights, and their sixth game in eight nights. Though the first five of those six games all came at Staples Center, including one road game against the Los Angeles Clippers.

For more news and notes on Lakers basketball, be sure to read Silver Screen and Roll.

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Lakers Vs. Suns: L.A. Opens Road Trip In Phoenix

The Lakers have beaten the Suns in two of their three meetings this season, with the home team winning all three games.

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