SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Fears that the Lakers could be without Kobe Bryant for at least part of the stretch drive while trying to hold on to a spot in the Western Conference playoffs subsided Friday when the team listed him as probable for Saturday night’s game against the Kings at Sleep Train Arena.
Bryant was limping near the end of the loss at Milwaukee on Thursday, and he left BMO Harris Bradley Center with the aid of a single crutch — the result of a bone spur in his left foot. Days after learning Metta World Peace (knee) is expected to miss six weeks, which could be the rest of the season, and after seeing Steve Nash (hip spasms) sit most of the second half against the Bucks, the Lakers were staring at the possibility of another major injury hit.
That made Friday’s update that Bryant will probably play against the Kings a relief. Nash, meanwhile, is doubtful.
The Lakers began Friday with a half-game lead over the Jazz for the eighth and final playoff spot in the West, although the teams are tied in the loss column.