2012 NBA Playoffs: Kobe Bryant Misses Shootaround, Status Uncertain For Game 6

With the Los Angeles Lakers barely hanging on to their playoff lead over the Denver Nuggets, some bad news out of Laker land this morning regarding Kobe Bryant.

Per Scott-Howard Cooper on Twitter:

Gastroenteritus is a fancy way to say that the Black Mamba has a stomach virus, which may occur due to consumption of improperly prepared foods, contaminated water, or with contact with infected individuals. Hydration is one of the key components to this as it is usually accompanied by diarrhea and vomiting, which is why Kobe was getting an IV in game five and still scored 40 points on the Nuggets.

Kobe has essentially been putting the team on his back all season long, and this playoff series has been no different. Hopefully he can get those fluids in him and get out there tonight.

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