The Los Angeles Lakers will be without star guard Kobe Bryant for the second consecutive game when they take on the hosting Phoenix Suns Monday night at 10 pm ET.
Bryant is recovering from a severely sprained left ankle as well as the flu.
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"#countonthew #nomamba #noswan #noproblem. Great opportunity tonight," Bryant tweeted.
Bryant initially injured his ankle on the final play of a loss to the Hawks last week, landing on the foot of Atlanta's Dahntay Jones.
Bryant, the fifth-leading scorer in NBA history, spent two days trying to fight his way back, and played the first quarter in Indiana Friday night. But he sat out the remainder of Los Angeles' victory.
The Lakers entered Monday's play with a one-game lead over Utah for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Los Angeles doesn't play again until Friday when it hosts the Washington Wizards, which could be long enough for Bryant to recover.
"Knowing Kobe, probably Friday but that's day to day and we don't know that yet," coach Mike D'Antoni said when asked when Bryant might possibly return.
Sitting out until Friday would give Bryant a full seven day's rest since playing against Indiana before returning to the lineup.
"If we can win, it's a silver lining because he rests and gets his body in shape but if we don't win, then it's not very good," D'Antoni said. "So, it's a double-edged sword."