Bryant will play against Portland

Updated: April 11, 2010, 6:41 PM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- Kobe Bryant will play Sunday against the Portland Trail Blazers after missing the Los Angeles Lakers last two games to rest his legs and alleviate swelling in his surgically-repaired right knee, coach Phil Jackson told reporters before the game.

A Lakers loss could shift the tightly packed playoff race between the Trail Blazers, Spurs and Thunder to determine the sixth, seventh and eighth spots in the Western Conference. But Jackson said Bryant's return against Portland was ...

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