D'Antoni: Lakers need Kobe on floor

Updated: April 8, 2013, 5:10 PM ET
By Ramona Shelburne | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni knows the risk of playing Kobe Bryant as many minutes as he has during the past four games. He also knows the risks of not using the Lakers' best player as much as possible as the team frantically tries to make the playoffs.

"We're playing a little bit with fire," D'Antoni said of Bryant, who has played 46 minutes a game the past four games. "We wouldn't like to but we put ourselves in the position we have to.

"We're short-handed ...

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