Coach Mike D'Antoni said he expects Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol to play Friday as the Lakers host the Washington Wizards.
Bryant sprained his ankle in the closing seconds of a loss to Atlanta on March 13. After pushing through the first quarter against the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday, Bryant hasn't been able to play.
Wednesday marks six weeks and two days since Pau Gasol's foot injury suffered Feb. 5 against the Brooklyn Nets. The Lakers' original prognosis was a minimum of six to eight weeks.
Gasol went through four-on-four scrimmage after practice. Bryant was held out but D'Antoni noted the Lakers All-Star guard probably would practice Thursday.