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Kobe Bryant will play Tuesday vs. Heat

Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

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This was expected but now it is official:

Kobe Bryant will play Tuesday night for the Lakers vs. Miami. Bryant had missed three of the last four Lakers games but had practiced on Monday and seemed likely to go. Coach Byron Scott confirmed it before the game, reports Baxter Holms, among others.

Scott also said he would keep Bryant in the 30-32 minute range.

On Sunday night Scott admitted that he had played Bryant too many minutes the first 27 games of the season — with too heavy a workload when he was in the game — and that led to Kobe missing so many games lately.

“I thought his workload was too much,” Scott said. “He had a (minutes) number, my number was higher but his number was right, you know, when I look back at it. We cut those numbers down and I think his efficiency has been so much better, in terms of how he’s been able to play…

“You may think it’s not a lot — if it’s a minute or two or three minutes, it doesn’t make much of a difference — but in the long run it does.”