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Kobe Bryant in, Anthony Davis likely out for Lakers-Pelicans

NBA All-Star Game 2014

NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 16: The Western Conference’s Anthony Davis #23 of the New Orleans Pelicans and Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers are introduced before the 2014 NBA All-Star game at the Smoothie King Center on February 16, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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Kobe Bryant and Anthony Davis both missed games Sunday.

It’ll be the 37-year-old, not the 22-year-old, returning tonight.

Justin Verrier of ESPN:

Baxter Holmes of ESPN:

D’Angelo Russell’s return tonight seemed more certain. He sprained his ankle against the Kings on Thursday, played just eight minutes Friday and then also sat Sunday.

Kobe was nursing a strained right Achilles tendon, and Davis has a sore back.

The Pelicans have been lousy this season even with Davis. They turn downright awful without him.

They’re 11-21 when Davis plays and 0-4 when he doesn’t. Here’s how their performance changes with him on the court to off:

  • Offensive rating: 102.1 to 100.0
  • Defensive rating: 104.7 to 110.2
  • Net rating: -2.6 to -10.2

This is to say it should be a good matchup for the Lakers.