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Kobe Bryant Injury: Expect Lakers Guard To Play Wednesday Night

Kobe Bryant set the all-time NBA All-Star Game scoring record on Sunday in Orlando, but it didn't come without a cost. The Los Angeles Lakers guard was fouled hard by Dwyane Wade in the third quarter of the All-Star Game, a shot that caused Bryant's nose to bleed. A CT scan after the game revealed a nasal fracture for Bryant.

Kobe will be reevaluated in Los Angeles by ear, nose, and throat specialist Dr. John Rehm on Tuesday. But considering Bryant didn't miss a game earlier in the season with a torn wrist ligament, it seems highly unlikely that Kobe will miss any time from this injury.

The Lakers open the second half of their season on Wednesday night at Staples Center against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Times thought the foul by Wade was inappropriate."Yet, it remains clear pro athletes follow a specific code in these showcase games. Put on a show. Have fun. Play little to no defense. And by all means, don't get hurt or hurt anyone else," wrote Medina. "Instead, Wade acted otherwise."

The Lakers host the Miami Heat on Sunday.

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