News: Kelly (hamstring) will ramp up some of his rehab activities this weekend, and if all goes well, he could begin participating in some parts of practice Monday, the Lakers' official site reports.
Impact: Kelly will likely only play a limited role off the bench for the Lakers even when healthy, but if the team doesn't like what they're getting out of their frontcourt at some point in the future, it's possible coach Byron Scott could give Kelly an extended look in the rotation. If Kelly were to get enough minutes, he'd be of use for points and three-pointers but not much elsewhere. His stat production is very similar to Channing Frye's.
News: Bryant (general soreness) is doubtful to play Friday, the Lakers' official site reports.
Impact: Bryant said that chances are "slim" he would play Friday. He has sat out the last two games to rest his body, and while he was struggling with his shot, the timing of the games off is strange. Bryant missed Tuesday's game against the Warriors and Thursday's Christmas Day game against the Bulls. This injury is ambiguous because it's mostly just a choice to continue holding Bryant out. He could return at any time.
News: Ellington is making a second straight spot start at shooting guard in place of Kobe Bryant on Thursday, the Lakers' official site reports.
Impact: Ellington started Tuesday's win over the Warriors, too. He put up 12 points and five rebounds in 25 minutes. Bryant is unlikely to miss much time, so Ellington's increased value will likely be restricted to leagues with daily moves.
News: Bryant (rest) will not play Thursday, sitting out a second straight game, ESPN reports.
Impact: Bryant will not play, which likely means Wayne Ellington will get a second straight start at shooting guard. It's bizarre that Bryant isn't playing on such a big stage when he isn't even dealing with a specific injury. The Lakers' next game is Friday against the Mavericks.