Kobe Bryant still has pain in left shoulder after taking a fall in Wednesday’s game but says it could’ve been a lot worse. He expects to play Sunday.

L.A. Times: The Lakers had barely opened the last few minutes of their practice to the media Friday when Ronny Turiaf and Javaris Crittenton collided under the basket and got up . . . very . . . very . . . slowly.

A minute or two later, Luke Walton hobbled off the court after tweaking his right ankle in a noncontact injury while trying to defend Sasha Vujacic.

So much for a few solid days of rest.

The good news for the Lakers: That Turiaf was actually practicing in the first place, and none of the above incidents were expected to affect anybody’s status for Sunday’s home game against Golden State.

In addition, Kobe Bryant did not practice Friday, nor did Chris Mihm, but both will play Sunday.

Bryant cannot hold his left shoulder over his head without feeling pain, but said he felt “very lucky” after watching the replay of his tumble in Wednesday’s victory over Denver.

“It could have been much worse,” he said. “It’s not something that structurally is going to get any worse. It’s just try to maintain the pain level down as much as possible so Sunday I’m playing with less pain than what I’m feeling now.”

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  • http://www.lakers.com Billy Kupchak

    I still can’t believe that the fans @ The Pepsi Center were belittling Kobe after he was tripped up by 3 Nuggets players! Good thing Kobe is ok now!

  • keep24

    This is why KB is the best in the league.

    Had this happened to Shaq, he’d probably take three months off.

  • http://ld2k.com LD2k

    Nugget fans are morons. Yes Nugget fans, you are morons.

    Boo him when he’s down, yet, you are speechless when he knocks down yet another clutch shot on your team in the 4th.