I don't understand how there's expectations that Kobe comes back within a week (let alone tonight) after a severe ankle sprain. Tony Parker is out a month with a moderate sprain and he's younger than Kobe. I think absolute miracle/best case scenario he comes back against Golden State. First week of April being more realistic.
Honestly, I'm afraid Kobe's going to rush back too soon instead of waiting until he's fully healthy, and he's going to end up being less than 100% the rest of the season. We aren't going to make a deep playoff run unless Kobe's 100%.
On the bright side, if he's back in 3-4 weeks and his ankle fully heals, hopefully his legs with be fresh for the playoffs.
Thankfully our schedule is fairly easy the rest of the month. Let's hope Pau comes back fresh next week and plays like he did for Spain in the Olympics. I think people underestimate the impact a healthy Pau can have for our team - he's definitely the wild card for us this season.