Pacers Links: Pacers prepping to play Lakers with Kobe Bryant

Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE

The Pacers spent Thursday preparing to play the Lakers, fully expecting Kobe Bryant to give it a go on his tender ankle.

Kobe Bryant is absorbing all of the headlines leading up to the Los Angeles Lakers' sole visit to the Fieldhouse to play the Indiana Pacers on Friday night.

The ankle injury he blames on Dahntay Jones may keep Bryant out against the Pacers as the Lakers star spent Thursday watching movies and furiously rehabbing the injury. Kobe is officially "out indefinitely" but the Pacers are seizing on the word indefinitely and going about their business as if Bryant will lace 'em up at the Fieldhouse, as Phillip B. Wilson reports.

"I knew the Lakers. I still know Kobe," said assistant coach Brian Shaw, a Lakers assistant from 2004-11. "I've seen him come back from some injuries that you would never think he would be able to come back from the next game. If anybody can bounce back from something like that, he can."

While Kobe attracts all of the attention, the game remains huge for the Pacers in their quest to solidify their hold on second place in the East. The Knicks lost again last night in Portland and continue to struggle with injuries. A win over the Lakers would push the Pacers lead to two games over NYK and three games over the Brooklyn Nets. After the top four, Chicago, Boston and Atlanta are currently in a dead heat for spots five through seven.

Check out the links:

Game Preview: Pacers vs Lakers | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS

No Kobe Bryant? Pacers don't believe it yet | Indianapolis Star | indystar.com

Kobe getting day of treatment on sprained ankle - Yahoo! Sports

Lakers-Pacers Preview - AP

Preparing for Kobe Until Final Notice | Pacers.com

Lakers' Kobe Bryant gets backing around league on Dahntay Jones play - latimes.com

Bryant working OT to recover from ankle sprain | bryant, ankle, play - Sports - The Orange County Register

Pau Gasol will return next week for Lakers - latimes.com

Did Dahntay Jones intentionally hurt Kobe Bryant? - Silver Screen and Roll

Take your kids to see an NBA game in person; it is affordable and very much worth the price | Ball Don't Lie - Yahoo! Sports

Lakers News: NBA Says Foul Should Have Been Called on Dahntay Jones | Lakers Nation

Tyler, Ben Hansbrough Honor Their Brother in "Hoops with the Hansbroughs" | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS

Knicks vs. Trail Blazers final score: Damian Lillard leads Blazers to 105-90 victory - SBNation.com

Smothered Chicken: Quinn Buckner Call of Mahinmi's Blocked Shot | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS

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