The Los Angeles Lakers may have to close out the Denver Nuggets in Game 6 of their 2012 NBA Playoffs first-round series on Thursday with a limited Kobe Bryant. He sat out shootaround with gastroenteritis, a stomach illness, and his status for the game remains up in the air, according to Dave McMenamin of ESPN Los Angeles.
Given Bryant's tolerance for pain, it seems hard to believe that he won't play, but it remains to be seen how he responds to the illness.
The Lakers were forced into this Game 6 after falling at home to the Nuggets in Game 5 on Tuesday night. They still lead the series, 3-2. The game is scheduled to begin at 10:30 p.m. ET on TNT.