Los Angeles Lakers: Kobe Bryant to Miss Tonight's Game

Jerry Sanchez@jerrysan_3Correspondent IDecember 21, 2011

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 19:  Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts after a basket and a foul during the game against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on December 19, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Hey Bleacher readers, just a quick update for all Lakers fans who are going to be watching tonight's last preseason game against the Clippers.

I've received a text message from the Lakers stating that Kobe has injured his wrist and will not be taking part in tonight's game.

If anyone recalls, Kobe was showing us how the knee wasn't bothering him anymore. In a play, I believe, during the third quarter, Kobe went up for a one-handed dunk and then DeAndre Jordan entered the scene.

Jordan blocked Kobe's dunk, and Kobe basically landed on his wrist. He showed signs of discomfort, however it did not seem to totally change his game.

With Kobe out of the lineup, we wait to see how Coach Mike Brown will set up his starting five.

I can believe either the Lakers will start small and have point guards Steve Blake and Darius Morris starting in the backcourt. No actual word on Derek Fisher has been made, so Blake might start again.

Anyway, Morris did show signs of brilliance in the game and tonight may be his most opportune moment to show Coach Brown that he should be the starting point guard.

Or the Lakers could start with an actual shooting guard and input rookie Andrew Goudelock. We haven't seen him play so tonight may be his chance to shine.

We could also see youngster Devin Ebanks in the place of our superstar.

Whatever the case may be, expect another heated game as teams always seem to play tougher without their best player.

All we can hope is that Kobe comes back healthy on Christmas Day against the Chicago Bulls. If he doesn't, we won't see much of a game against the Bulls since both Andrew Bynum and Kobe would be out of action.

Oh, and they have Derrick Rose. Just saying.