Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/9/14

Kobe Bryant waves as the 2009 NBA Champion Lakers celebrate their 15th NBA Championship with a parade in Los Angeles on June 17, 2009. (UPI Photo/ Phil McCarten) Photo via Newscom

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Flu-like symptoms won't prevent Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant from playing Tuesday night against the Indiana Pacers. "He told me it's not going to bother him ... He'll play, he'll play hard," Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni said, according to ESPNLosAngeles.com. Earlier in the day, Bryant missed the team's shoot-around, and his status was listed as a game-time decision. Bryant played all 14 of the Lakers' games before Tuesday, averaging an NBA-best 26.9 points per game. His 51 percent shooting ranks second among guards, trailing only the 51.7 percent rate of Boston's Rajon Rondo, who is averaging just 13.5 points per game. Bryant also is contributing 5.0 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game. Even with Bryant in action, the Lakers' backcourt remains short-handed. Steve Nash hasn't played since Halloween due to a broken leg, while Steve Blake has been out since Nov. 11 with an abdominal strain. "They're making progress, but we're not there yet," D'Antoni said of Nash and Blak...
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