--The Times' Mike Bresnahan mentions Kobe Bryant worked out before the Lakers' 99-87 victory Wednesday over the Golden State Warriors. It included dozens of shots, full-speed running and jumping exercises, and he didn't feel pain in his sore left shin. Because of that, Bryant plans to play Friday against San Antonio so long as he doesn't feel any discomfort Thursday.
--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding credits the Lakers for using their inside presence against the Warriors.
--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford focuses on Pau Gasol's triple-double performance against Golden State.
--The Times' Bresnahan explains the Lakers' mindset on wanting the No. 3 spot in the Western Conference.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin mentions that Pau Gasol plans to make sure he continues establishing post position during Bryant's return.