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Derrick Rose expecting Kobe Bryant to play

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After tearing a ligament in his right wrist, Kobe Bryant is listed as day-to-day and his status for Sunday's game against the Bulls is unknown.

"We're not worried about it," Derrick Rose said. "We're going to [approach] the game as if he's going to play and take it that way."

The Lakers will already be without center Andrew Bynum, who is serving a five-game suspension for a hit he made on J.J. Barea in Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals last spring.

"They have great depth on their team," coach Tom Thibodeau said. "[Pau] Gasol is one of the premier bigs in the league. He plays both spots. He's got a really tough skill set to match up with. They still have a lot of weapons.

Bryant didn't play in the Lakers final exhibition game Wednesday but Thibodeau expects him to be ready for the Bulls.

"He's always played through things, that's why I'm anticipating him playing," coach Tom Thibodeau said. "His career speaks for itself."

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