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Lakers star Kobe Bryant will miss his sixth straight game Tuesday night due to a nagging shin injury.

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Head coach Mike Brown confirmed the league's leading scorer will sit out against San Antonio at Staples Center, but stressed Bryant is getting closer to returning.

"He's done some one-on-one stuff, and he's starting to move around a little bit pretty good," Brown said, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The 33-year-old Bryant is dealing with a case of tenosynovitis, or inflamed tendons, in his left shin, suffering the injury March 31 in a win over New Orleans.

With its playoff position secure and the team reeling off four straight victories without the five-time NBA champion, Brown is content to let Bryant rest until his shin is pain-free.

In his 16th year, Bryant is averaging an NBA-best 28.1 points, his highest total since 2007-08, on 43 percent shooting.

Bryant played with a fractured right index finger during the Lakers' run to the 2010 title and had already been playing this season with a torn ligament in his left wrist.

The Lakers are currently in third place in the Western Conference at 39-22, with five games remaining in the regular season.

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