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Injured back won't keep Lakers' Bryant out of lineup for Game 5

Updated: May 12, 2008, 7:25 PM ET
By J.A. Adande | ESPN.com

Kobe Bryant said the back injury that sent him to the locker room, dropped him to his knees and had him wincing in pain throughout the Lakers' loss to Utah in Game 4 won't keep him out of Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals Wednesday night.

"I'll play," Bryant said. "I can't imagine it being worse than what it was [Sunday] night."

Bryant shot 13-for-33 in Game 4, making only 2 of 13 shots in the fourth quarter and overtime. He wrenched his back on a jump ...

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