Lakers beat Portland and lead Utah by a game for the final Western Conference playoff berth.
Injured and weary Lakers are fighting for a playoff berth, so Bryant is logging monster minutes.
The bigger question is: Just how long will he be sidelined as the Lakers fight for a playoff spot?
Lakers star, out indefinitely with sprained ankle, is still a wee bit angry with Dahntay Jones.
Lakers star claims that Dahntay Jones "Jalen Rose'd me" after he severely sprained his ankle Wednesday.
And if a teammate doubted his playoff guarantee? "I would have called the Buss family and said, ‘Cut this guy right now!’"
Bryant's funny bone is bruised and so are Los Angeles' playoff hopes after a loss in Oklahoma City.
This comes as a bit of a warning after the flagrant foul against Blake Griffin on Sunday, since the Lakers play the Thunder tonight.
Lakers star turns back the clock with a dunk over Josh Smith in victory Sunday.
And the Lakers topped it off by playing one of their best games, with Dwight Howard scoring 24 points.