Score Strip

NBA roundup: Bryant in Lakers' starting lineup Friday

The SportsXchange

After Kobe Bryant went down at the end of Wednesday night's game with a severe ankle injury, it looked as though the Los Angeles Lakers' All-Star guard might be out for a while.

However, the Lakers, who had listed Bryant as out indefinitely, changed him to a game-time decision for Friday night's matchup with the Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis. And Bryant was in the starting lineup for the game.

Meanwhile, Lakers forward Pau Gasol is expected to be back with the team on Monday, although there are hints he could return Friday.

Gasol has been recovering from a foot injury, and coach Mike D'Antoni said he expects Gasol to be ready to return Monday, according to the Orange County Register.

When asked Friday morning by Dave McMenamin of ESPNLosAngeles.com whether he would play Sunday or Monday, McMenamin tweeted that Gasol shrugged and said, "Or Friday."

--- New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony, who had fluid drained from the back of his knee on Thursday, is expected to rejoin the team for Sunday's game against the Clippers, although it's not clear whether he'll play that day, ESPNNewYork.com reported.

The Knicks said Anthony and Tyson Chandler (left knee bruise) are both questionable for Sunday afternoon's game in Los Angeles.

---The Los Angeles Clippers have signed swingman DaJuan Summers. He provides depth with Caron Butler sidelined with elbow injury.
Sign up for Yahoo Fantasy Baseball
View Comments