Bryant Added To Lakers’ Starting Lineup 2 Days After Severe Ankle Sprain

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INDIANAPOLIS (CBS/AP) — Kobe Bryant has been added to the Lakers’ starting lineup less than 48 hours after he severely sprained his ankle during a loss against Atlanta, according to Lakers reporter Mike Trudell.

Coach Mike D’Antoni told reporters during his pregame news conference that Bryant went through a short workout during the day and that he is doing better.

When asked whether his gut feeling was that Bryant would play, Antoni said “yeah.”

Bryant has undergone round-the-clock treatment since severely spraining his left ankle Wednesday night, when he landed on the foot of Dahntay Jones in the closing seconds of the game.

D’Antoni did say, however, that before playing Bryant must be medically cleared and then Bryant would have to agree that he could play.

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