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Kobe Bryant practices; Josh McRoberts remains sidelined

Kobe Bryant

In yet another sign that any pain from the torn ligament in his right wrist won't deter him from playing, Lakers guard Kobe Bryant participated in almost a full practice Monday and will surely play in Tuesday's game against the Phoenix Suns.

In yet another sign that the pain in his sprained left big toe has not subsided, Lakers forward Josh McRoberts sat out Monday's practice and will remained sidelined against Phoenix. That will mark the fifth consecutive game he will miss because of his injury.

The lone exception in Bryant's practice activity involved team shooting drills that were open to the media. He skipped those, and received treatment to numb pain surrounding his right wrist.

"He looked good," Lakers Coach Mike Brown said of Bryant.

McRoberts dressed in practice gear and was on the court during the shooting drills, but he didn't partake in them. Although the Lakers have officially listed him as day-to-day, McRoberts said prior to the Lakers' 90-82 victory Sunday against the Memphis Grizzlies that he expected to return at least by the end of the week. Still, it remains to be seen whether he will return either Wednesday at Utah, Friday against Cleveland or Saturday against the Clippers.


Josh McRoberts expects to return within the week

Kobe Bryant adjusting well with his shot

Kobe Bryant impressed with Tim Tebow

--Mark Medina

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