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

Lakers' Kobe Bryant practices, expected to play against Miami Heat
Lakers guard Kobe Bryant watches from the sideline during a game earlier this year. (Stephen Dunn / Getty Images)

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.

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"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.

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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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