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Coach Mike D'Antoni said he expects Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol to play Friday as the Lakers host the Washington Wizards.
Bryant sprained his ankle in the closing seconds of a loss to Atlanta on March 13. After pushing through the first quarter against the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday, Bryant hasn't been able to play.
Wednesday marks six weeks and two days since Pau Gasol's foot injury suffered Feb. 5 against the Brooklyn Nets. The Lakers' original prognosis was a minimum of six to eight weeks.
Gasol went through four-on-four scrimmage after practice. Bryant was held out but D'Antoni noted the Lakers All-Star guard probably would practice Thursday.
If the full contingent of Lakers play Friday, it would be just the second game of the season D'Antoni has had all of his players (except Jordan Hill, out with a hip injury).
D'Antoni will bring Gasol back into the starting lineup, although he may take a few games to work him in from off the bench.
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According to ESPN LA's Dave McMenamin's Twitter handle, Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni "expects" to see both Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol back in action Friday when the team hosts the Washington Wizards.
D'Antoni says he "expects" both Kobe and Pau in the lineup Friday vs. Washington
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten...
The Los Angeles Lakers will be without Kobe Bryant for the second game in a row when they face the Phoenix Suns on Monday night.
Bryant missed a game for the first time this season when he sat out the Lakers' victory over Sacramento on Sunday night because of a sprained left ankle.
He was injured last week in the waning seconds of a loss to Atlanta. Bryant, the fifth-leading...
Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni is hopeful Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol will return Friday for the Lakers' game against the Washington Wizards.
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Kobe Bryant is doubtful for tonight’s game against the Phoenix Suns. After sustaining his ankle injury in the last seconds of the Atlanta Hawks game he played for only a quarter of the win against the Indiana Pacers and did not dress Sunday in the win versus the Sacramento Kings. Via Twitter, Kobe announced he has the #flu alongside his ankle injury...
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