Lakers' Gasol, Bryant return to lineup Friday night

The Sports Xchange
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Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol were in the Los Angeles Lakers' starting lineup for their game Friday night against the Washington Wizards at Staples Center.
Both players made it through practice Thursday without issue, reported.
A foot injury has sidelined Gasol since Feb. 5. A sprained ankle and the flu have slowed Bryant for the past week.
It will be only the third game this season for the Lakers with Bryant, Gasol, Dwight Howard, Steve Nash, Metta World Peace and Steve Blake all healthy enough to play at the same time.
The return of Gasol and Bryant comes at an opportune time for the Lakers, who are fighting for a playoff berth with 13 games left in the regular season. Los Angeles is leading Utah by 1 1/2 games for the final spot in the Western Conference.
"We can still be a special team," Gasol said, according to "It's going to be difficult, and it's going to take a special mindset of confidence, aggressiveness, discipline and consistency. We have to be a unit. We have to put aside our individual wishes. And we have to be extremely solid defensively.
"Once I get back into a better rhythm and get in better shape and start being more effective out there, I'll try to do the right thing, make the extra pass and create a good flow out there."
After Friday morning's shootaround, Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni said it was better to have Gasol start than come off the bench.
"The reason being, he'll warm up, he feels better when he gets warmed up and gets going instead of sitting over there for about 10-20 minutes and then playing," D'Antoni said. "He's more comfortable that way and that's what we're going to end up anyway."

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