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It’s now offiical.

Mike Bresnahan of the LA Times has reported that Kobe Bryant will play tonight vs. San Antonio:

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The Lakers were 5-2 without Bryant who sat out the last 7 games with a left shin injury.

L.A. has a one game lead on the Los Angeles Clippers in the Pacific Division with three games left in the regular season. (SAS,OKC,SAC)