Lakers guard Kobe Bryant will play Tuesday night against Nuggets


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DENVER — Kobe Bryant will be in the Los Angeles Lakers' lineup for a second straight game after taking time off to rest.

Coach Byron Scott said Bryant will be available Tuesday night against Denver.

Bryant returned Sunday against Phoenix and scored 10 points in 32 minutes. Before that, he missed three games around Christmas because of overall soreness.

Scott said Bryant came in for treatment and stretching Tuesday morning. Scott added that Bryant will arrive for the game early to "get some shots up" and "he'll be ready to go."

For now, Scott will limit Bryant to 32 or 33 minutes. It's a fluid situation because, "it's kind of hard to say, 'OK, you're at 32 and we have five minutes in OT so I'm going to sit you,'" Scott joked.

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