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Kobe Bryant says he will play Tuesday against Memphis

February 22, 2010 |  2:12 pm

Lakers guard Kobe Bryant said he will play Tuesday against Memphis, ending a five-game absence because of a sore ankle.

"I feel good, like a gazelle," he said after practicing Monday.

Bryant acknowledged that the ankle wasn't fully healthy but wasn't concerned about further damaging it.

"Where I'm at now, I feel confident about playing and, while I play, getting to 100%," Bryant said. "It's about 80, 85 [percent] right now. The rest of the percentage is just made up just from strength."

The Lakers went 4-1 without Bryant, who was sidelined by a sprain in the ankle and a sore peroneal tendon, which runs vertically behind the ankle bone.

The Lakers have a back-to-back set this week, playing in Dallas a night after playing in Memphis.

-- Mike Bresnahan