Mar 13, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant (24) grabs his ankle before coming out of the game at the end of the second half against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena. The Hawks won 96-92. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Kobe Bryant In Lakers Starting Lineup Against Pacers

When Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant went down with a sprained ankle earlier in the week after what some perceived to be a dirty play from Dahntay Jones, the team was quick to label Bryant’s status as “out indefinitely.” That quickly changed to “day-to-day,” but now it should be back to “starting lineup.” Bryant is set to return to the team’s starting lineup tonight against the Indiana Pacers.

Per Mike Trudell of

Many will glorify Bryant for playing with a sprained ankle and fighting through pain to help his team stay in the playoff hunt, but that may not be the best idea. If Bryant is ineffective, his presence on the court is actually holding back the team and hurting their chances at making the postseason.

If the Lakers are going to make a run, they need Kobe to be 100 percent when he returns. If he’s not, they risk losing him for the remainder of the season and watching any slim hopes they had remaining slip away.

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