Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant will play without a minutes restriction against the Denver Nuggets on Thursday night, according to Dave McMenamin of ESPN Los Angeles. Bryant missed Thursday practices with a stomach issue but the general expectation has always been that he would play.
Speaking with reporters, Lakers coach Mike Brown suggested that Bryant won't be too limited:
Obviously we'll watch it the best we can, but (Lakers trainer) Gary Vitti said there isn't a minutes restriction or anything like that.
The Lakers are leading 3-2 over the Nuggets in the seven game series with Bryant leading the way. The Lakers guard has averaged 31.2 PPG on 43 percent shooting, 5.8 RPG and 4.6 APG over the first five games of the series.