Lakers injury news: Kobe probably back Friday, Gasol gets good news

The Los Angeles Lakers could use a dose of good news, and they got some yesterday.  Two of their ailing stars could be back on the court soon, which should give the Lakers a boost as the season winds down.  Both Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol are nursing injuries and working their way back to game action.

Bryant missed his second-straight game Monday night after not missing any games throughout the rest of the season.  Dave McMenamin of ESPN Los Angeles said after Bryant's second game on the bench that Lakers' coach Mike D'Antoni think Bryant will return Friday.  Probably. Based on Bryant's track record and durability, that's probably a good estimate.  Bryant suffered a severely sprained ankle, came back and tried to play on it, couldn't, and is now sitting until he's able to play through a whole game.


As for Pau Gasol, the Lakers' forward is making progress in his rehabs says McMenamin.

Gasol has been less fortunate than Bryant in the time he has missed this season.  Gasol has dealt with numerous issues that have caused him to mis quite a few games.  The Lakers will need him if they are going to push their way into the playoffs and making any noise there whatsoever.

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