Lakers' Bryant in starting lineup vs. Pacers

Updated: March 15, 2013, 6:49 PM ET
Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS -- Lakers star Kobe Bryant is expected to start Friday night against Indiana just two nights after sustaining a severely sprained left ankle in Atlanta.

Before the game, Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni said he wanted Bryant to warm up and see how he felt before making the decision. He also wanted Bryant to be cleared by the team's medical staff.

Apparently, Bryant, who did a light workout earlier in the day, passed all the tests and will play. He has not missed a game since the 2009-10 season.

Asked during a pregame news conference whether his gut feeling was that Bryant would play, D'Antoni said, "Yeah."

Bryant has had round-the-clock treatment since Wednesday night's loss at Atlanta. He landed on the foot of Dahntay Jones in the closing seconds of that game.

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