Is Kobe Bryant setting things up for a dramatic Game 6 performance against the Denver Nuggets?
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reports that Bryant is suffering from a stomach ailment that is causing him discomfort on Thursday, but that he should still play.
The stomach ailment kept Bryant bedridden at the Lakers' hotel. The Lakers said they will update Bryant's status 90 minutes before the game's 10:30 p.m. ET start.
"He plays through everything, so I expect [him to play]," one source close to Bryant said.
Bryant has generally played through most non-debilitating injuries, and it's unlikely that this situation is any different. The Lakers are trying to do all they can to avoid a Game 7 back in Los Angeles on Saturday night, and would like this series to conclude as early as possible. An efficient performance (or at least a productive one) from Bryant is absolutely essential if L.A. plans on getting through to face the Oklahoma City Thunder.
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