San Antonio — The Lakers have told Kobe Bryant to stop wearing a walking boot to see how his sore left shin reacts to being unrestrained.
Bryant will not play Wednesday night against San Antonio. The Lakers' next game is Friday against Denver at Staples Center.
He did not talk to reporters at Wednesday's shoot-around. He was wearing socks and flip-flops as he left AT&T Center.
Bryant will have missed three games because of tenosynovitis in the shin, a condition in which a tendon sheath becomes inflamed and causes pain whenever the tendon slides in or out of it.
With eight games to play, the Lakers (36-22) lead the Clippers by 1-1/2 games and Memphis by two games.
The Lakers are only 13-16 on the road and will have a tough time improving that mark against the Spurs, who are 40-15 overall, 23-4 at home.