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Kobe Bryant missed team shootaround earlier this morning at the Pepsi Center with gastroenteritis.

Despite the stomach condition, Mike Brown expects Kobe to play in tonights pivotal Game 6 in Denver: “If I were a betting guy, which I’m not, I would probably bet that he would play.”

It hasn’t been a good day for the Black Mamba, who will have to brave through some bad symtoms, according to Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski:

The stomach ailment kept Bryant bedridden at the Lakers’ hotel. The Lakers said they will update Bryant’s status 90 minutes before the game’s 10:30 p.m. ET start.

Kobe has a history of playing through just about anything, more so than any player in NBA history. His troubles today are already drawing comparisons (not exactly valid) to Michael Jordan’s “flu game” and his own battle through food poisoning during the 2002 NBA Playoffs in Sacramento.

Lakers/Nuggets Game 5 is set to tipoff at 7:30 PM (PDT) – L.A. leads the series 3-2.