It looks as if Kobe Bryant now has a foot injury to go along with his still-healing sprained ankle.
UPDATE: Saturday, Mar. 30, at 3:11 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin
Great news for Lakers fans as Kobe Bryant will play through his foot injury tonight, according to Los Angeles Times' Mike Bresnahan.
D'Antoni: Kobe and Nash will play tonight against Sacramento.— Mike Bresnahan (@Mike_Bresnahan) March 30, 2013
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UPDATE: Friday, March 29 at 7:10 p.m. ET by Ben Chodos
The story regarding Kobe Bryant's foot injury is one Lakers fans are used to: he is hurt, but he is expected to play against the Sacramento Kings, according to The Los Angeles Daily News' Mark Medina:
Lakers consider Kobe Bryant probable & Steve Nash questionable vs. Kings tomorrow— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) March 29, 2013
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According to Lakers.com's Mike Trudell, the star guard has a bone spur in his left foot and will see a specialist about the extent of the injury on Friday:
From LAL PR: Kobe Bryant has a bone spur in his left foot. He'll see a foot Dr. tomorrow in Sacramento. Update to follow.— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) March 29, 2013
Bryant’s foot injury flared up in Thursday night’s 113-103 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. Though he played 36 minutes and scored 30 points, leaving him just five short of passing Wilt Chamberlain for fourth-place on the all-time scoring list, Bryant was noticeably grimacing at certain points in the contest.
This is the second time in March that Bryant has come down with an injury. The star guard missed the better part of three games with a sprained ankle after stepping on Dahntay Jones' foot and still hasn't looked 100 percent from that injury.
While the severity of his foot injury and playing status are unknown, Bryant's health problems could not come at a worse time for the Lakers. Thursday's defeat brought them into a tie the loss column with Utah for the Western Conference's No. 8 seed, and the Mavericks are just one loss behind.
As such, it's more critical than ever that Bryant is on the floor and playing well. He's been the team's offensive lifeblood all season long, averaging 27.2 points, 5.8 assists and 5.4 rebounds per game while taking on more of a distributing role in Mike D'Antoni's offense. The Lakers score nearly seven points per 100 possessions more with Bryant on the floor than off, per NBA.com, and his leadership remains unquestioned.
Los Angeles doesn't take the court again until Saturday versus the Sacramento Kings, so it's likely we'll know more about the injury and Bryant's playing status beforehand. Either way, the entire Lakers organization will be waiting on bated breath until final word comes down.