Kobe expects to play despite badly swollen foot

Kobe Bryant(notes) walked out of New Orleans Arena on crutches with a swollen left foot, but the Lakers guard is hopeful he’ll play in Game 5 on Tuesday in Los Angeles.

Bryant suffered the injury after falling awkwardly and colliding into Hornets guard Willie Green(notes) with 1:32 left in the fourth quarter of the Lakers’ 93-88 loss in Game 4 of a first-round playoff series Sunday night. A Lakers spokesman said a decision on whether to give Bryant an MRI will be made on the flight to Los Angeles early Monday morning.Bryant said he would get medical treatment the entire flight and was concerned of more swelling on the lengthy ride.

“I should play,” Bryant said, while sitting on a training table in
the visiting locker room. “It’s going to take a lot to stop me from
playing.”
Bryant played in all 82 games in the regular season and entered the
playoffs feeling healthy. After going scoreless in the first half
Sunday, he finished Game 4 with 17 points (on 5-of-18 shooting from the
field), eight assists and six rebounds in 36 minutes. Bryant returned to
the floor after taking a brief rest following the injury, but that
didn’t stop his foot from swelling badly after the game.http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news;_ylt=Ak3OS0WqY5yy9r9ajrnfp.28vLYF?slug=mc-kobe_bryant_injury_foot_swollen_042411

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