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Kobe injury update: D'Antoni 'anticipates' Kobe will play

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Mike D'Antoni anticipates Kobe Bryant will start against the Pacers. After, of course, Kobe put up warm up shots earlier in the day on his severely sprained ankle.

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Kobe Bryant suffered a severe ankle sprain Wednesday in Atlanta after Dahntay Jones undercut him (a play which the league later stated should have been a foul call), but Mike D'Antoni "anticipates" that Bryant will start Friday when the Los Angeles Lakers take on the Indiana Pacers, via Lakers reporter Mike Trudell.

Kobe put up warm-up shots in Indiana before the game and is officially considered a game-time decision. An injury he said was the worst he had suffered since 2000 and he's ready to go? Well jumpers it is, though it's something more akin to hoppers, but Time Warner Cable SportsNet uploaded video of Bryant getting in his work before the game.

Insane? Probably. Unbelievable? Yeah. Will he play? We'll know for sure in a few hours. Initially, Ramona Shelburne reported that a source close to the Lakers said the chances of Kobe playing in the next two game were "not good". Count on not good chances, then, should he play.

Mark Medina of the L.A. Daily News also reported that a Lakers source told him there is a "great possibility" that Kobe plays tonight.

Now, we wait.

- Drew

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