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Mavericks Vs. Lakers: Kobe Bryant Unlikely To Play Sunday

The biggest star in Sunday's NBA showdown will likely be on the sidelines for the Lakers.

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Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike Brown came out today with the word that Kobe Bryant was unlikely to play Sunday against the Dallas Mavericks. While it's not what the fans want to see, it's definitely a piece of good news for a Mavs team contending with several other franchises for the last few playoffs slots from the Western Conference.

The Lakers official Twitter feed noted Brown's comments and that Kobe was not active on Saturday's practice:

Unfortunately for the Lakers, this might be the case for some time, which puts their own playoff positioning at risk. Currently the team is 38-22, good for third in the West. At the very least, the team could lose home court advantage if they suffer a drought with Kobe. That's what it looks like, according to Janis Carr of the OC Register:

Bryant is averaging over 28 points per game this season with 5.4 rebounds and 4.6 assists.

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