Despite being ruled “out indefinitely” by the Lakers after suffering the ankle injury at the end of the team’s loss in Atlanta on Wednesday, Kobe Bryant warmed up this afternoon and is expected to be in the starting lineup when L.A. faces the Pacers on Friday.
Lakers head coach Mike D’Antoni told reporters in Indiana that Bryant would try to play, but as the questions persisted, it seemed as though he expected that Bryant would be as much of a factor as ever.
From Mike Trudell of Lakers.com:
It’s at least a little bit surprising that Bryant will play, given the pictures of his extremely swollen ankle that were floating around yesterday. But it’s by no means a total shock, considering the high volume of severe injuries he’s played through over the years.
Bryant’s toughness is beyond reproach, but we’ll have to wait and see just how much he’ll be able to contribute while being limited by the injury. If he tries to do too much and struggles through a high-volume, low-percentage shooting night, for example, instead of being lauded for playing through the pain, he’ll be criticized for hurting his team while doing so.
Hassan Whiteside defends himself when questions about his maturity early in his career with the Kings arise:
“That was a long time ago,” Whiteside said. “If they want to think about things that happened four, five years ago, that’s up to them.
“I don’t think it’s something that should follow me, but I really don’t know right now. That was years ago. Things didn’t work out in Sacramento. I worked my way to get back here. I could’ve easily gave up and went back home and just chilled. But I put in the work, and I feel like I’m a hard worker or I wouldn’t be here.”
But then he does something like this.
Rodney Hood got the Jazz to overtime.
Gordon Hayward took it from there.
This extends Utah’s win streak to eight games and snaps a 10-game losing streak in Dallas. The last time the Jazz won in Dallas? Mavericks guard Deron Williams started – for Utah.*
*Those Jazz brought Paul Millsap, Kyle Korver and Wesley Matthews off the bench. Dang
Up three points and the final seconds winding down, the Mavericks had a great chance to intentionally foul Trey Lyles (a 62% free-throw shooter) with his back to the basket.
Instead, they allowed Rodney Hood to hit this shot and get the Jazz to overtime.
The Bucks led the Celtics led the Bucks by 19 in the fourth quarter and four in the final minute.
But Boston completed its comeback when Jerryd Bayless committed a boneheaded foul on Kelly Olynyk with a second left, shoving Olynyk in the back on the inbound. Olynyk sunk both free throws to tie the game.
Then, Khris Middleton got Bayless off the hook.
Middleton drew a foul on Avery Bradley, who was trying to contest the game-winning shot. The Milwaukee wing made one free throw then intentionally the second, and Jae Crowder couldn’t replicate this.