Los Angeles Lakers News: Kobe Bryant Plans To Continue To Play During The 'Critical Part Of The Season' Despite Elbow Injury

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Mar 06, 2013 10:15 AM EST
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Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (R) grimaces in front of teammate Dwight Howard (L) after injuring his right elbow against Oklahoma City Thunder in the first half of their NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma March 5, 2013."

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant injured his right elbow in last night's loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, but says that the severe pain he's been experiencing won't keep him off the court.

Bryant had suffered ulnar nerve contusion on his right elbow, essentially an injury to his funny bone. The Lakers initially considered him "questionable" to return, but Bryant provided more images of his determined attitude only minutes later.

Despite scoring 30 points in their 122-105 loss to OKC, Bryant says he was feeling pain throughout the remainder of the game.

"Every time you try to bend your elbow and extend it, Bryant said, "there's a little resistance and a lot of pain."

Still, Bryant wanted to make one thing clear.

"I'm going to keep playing," he said. "This is a critical part of the season to say the least."

Lakers' head coach Mike D'Antoni also talked about Bryant's willingness to continue to compete:

"If hes broken in two places, he'll play," D'Antoni said. "He'll play well."

The Lakers (30-31) currently remain 2½ games behind the Utah Jazz (32-28) for the eighth playoff spot, while falling three games behind the Houston Rockets (33-28) for the seventh seed.

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