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Kobe Bryant probable and Steve Nash questionable against Kings

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The LA Times reported that Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant will be probable against the Sacramento Kings on Saturday night while point guard Steve Nash remains questionable.  In short, the Lakers could have one or both of their starting backcourt in uniform as they seek to close out a four-game road trip on a winning note at the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, Calif.

A bone spur hampered Bryant following a 113-103 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday night.  Nash left the third quarter of that game and did not return after experiencing a hip spasm and a sore hamstring.

The aging backcourt duo of Bryant and Nash has had their share of injuries this season.  Nash was sidelined with a fractured fibula for almost seven weeks when he collided with Trail Blazers rookie Damian Lillard two games into the season.  Over two weeks ago, Bryant missed two games with a severely sprained left ankle.

The Lakers are 1-2 on their current road stand and will need as many wins as possible in order to stay in postseason contention.  The Utah Jazz defeated the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night and supplanted the Lakers for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.  Utah and Los Angeles have identical win-loss records, but Utah has the tiebreaker advantage with a better divisional record.

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Ben Hernandez Jr.

Ben Hernandez Jr. is a Los Angeles native who is unable to eliminate his fixation for sports, particularly the NBA. He currently works as a writer/editor for a business school and has written for various publications on topics, such as finance, politics, and health. Sports-wise, he has covered the LA Lakers and Clippers on Examiner.com. Ben is also a member of the U.S. Basketball Writers Association.