Lakers' Kobe Bryant practices, expected to play against Miami Heat

Lakers star Kobe Bryant is expected to play against Miami Heat on Tuesday

Kobe Bryant practiced for more than an hour Monday and “feels a whole lot better,” Lakers Coach Byron Scott said.

Bryant was expected to play Tuesday against Miami, though Scott wouldn’t officially say it.

“He said he’s ready to go but I said, ‘Let’s talk again [Tuesday] and we’ll go from there,’ ” Scott said.

Bryant has sat out six games to rest, including the Lakers’ 106-94 loss Sunday to Portland.

Scott continued to take the blame in two ways — for playing Bryant too much earlier this season and for declining to let him play at all more recently.

“He told me that he felt pretty good [Sunday] but ‘pretty good’ wasn’t good enough for me,” Scott said.

Bryant, 36, played 37.1 minutes a game in November, a heavy workload that was among the league leaders at the time.

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