Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant is a game-time decision Monday and Paul Pierce is schedule to undergo an MRI, but are the two stars going to miss time?
According to a Lakers spokesman, Bryant missed a Monday morning shoot around with aches and chills and isn't sure whether he will suit up and play tonight against the Charlotte Bobcats. The Lakers are currently on a seven-game road trip and tonight's game will be their third in four days. So with flu-like symptoms and Bryant's uninspiring play in Sunday's loss to the Orlando Magic, it shouldn't come as a surprise if Bryant sits against the Bobcats and gets some much-needed rest.
In Boston, Paul Pierce is set to get an MRI on his injured left foot Monday afternoon. Pierce was 0-for-10 from the field against the Miami Heat on Sunday -- an uncharacteristic under-performance for a player with a reputation for stepping up in big games.
Should the MRI come back positive, and with the Celtics only playing once this week, expect Pierce to rest his foot before All-Star weekend where he will defend his Three-point Shootout Contest title and likely not play many minutes for the Eastern Conference All-Stars.
Update: According to A. Sherrod Blakely of CSN New England (on twitter), Pierce's MRI came back negative and he will play Wednesday against the New Jersey Nets. Pierce was seen icing his sprained wrist, but that is not believed to be a serious sprain.