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Phil Jackson says Kobe Bryant expects to play tonight

March 18, 2011 | 12:30 pm

Kobe-bryant_325 The extra rest has apparently helped Kobe Bryant. It's not stunning news, but he plans to play tonight against Minnesota.

"He feels he's healthy enough to play," Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said after the team's Monday morning shoot-around.

Bryant sprained his left ankle on Saturday during the victory over Dallas. He had 16 points on seven-for-19 shooting two days later against Orlando and hasn't practiced since then.

His activity level was understandably minimal Friday morning.

"Not a thing," Jackson said. "He's been laying on the [trainer's] table. We watched film together, talked about our game plan."

The Lakers are 10-1 since the All-Star break.

--Mike Bresnahan

Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant receives a pass on the move against Magic guard Jason Richardson. Credit: Lucy Nicholson / Reuters

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