As Bryant is scheduled to undergo season-ending surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff, his longtime rival is disappointed.
The NBA announced TNT will air Wizards-Grizzlies instead of Lakers-Knicks on March 12.
Pierce was taken out at the end of the third quarter.
The Wizards host Kobe Bryant and the Lakers for the first and last time this season.
The power forward has missed the Wizards' last four games.
The former Bishop O'Connell star, who was cut by the Wizards in October, had 20 points and 15 assists in leading the Lakers past the Jazz.
Former Wizard Nick Young is loving being back home in Los Angeles, playing for his beloved Lakers.
It wasn't a great shooting night for Kobe Bryant, but he persevered through a sore back, playing 44 minutes as the Lakers halted a four-game losing streak.
The Wizards take on the slumping Lakers tonight, just after getting good news about John Wall's knee injury.
ANALYSIS | Brown was unable to overcome several obstacles as coach of the Lakers, but replacing his legendary predecessor loomed largest among them.