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Kobe Bryant Status Update: Lakers Guard Misses Shootaround On Thursday

The Los Angeles Lakers may be without their star as they take on the Denver Nuggets on Thursday night. According to Mike Trudell of Lakers.com, G Kobe Bryant is ailing from the bacterial infection know as gastroenteritis:

Bryant currently leads the NBA Playoffs with 31.2 points per game and 156 points overall. In Tuesday's 102-99 Nuggets win, Bryant scored an impressive 43 points with 5 threes and a 10 for 11 night on free throws.

During the regular season, Bryant averaged 27.9 points per game with 4.6 assists and 5.4 rebounds per game. The Lakers currently lead the Nuggets 3-2, but without Bryant, the momentum could potentially shift into the Nuggets' favor.

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