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Timberwolves Vs. Lakers: Kobe Bryant Expected To Play Against Minnesota

Kobe Bryant is expected to play against the Minnesota Timberwolves Wednesday night, despite suffering a broken nose and a concussion after a hard foul by Dwyane Wade in the All-Star Game.

Bryant has been "symptom-free" since Tuesday afternoon, according to Los Angeles Lakers spokesman John Black. He still had one more test to pass before he was cleared to play, however.

It's an NBA requirement to be symptom free for 24 hours ahead of a game in order for a player with a concussion to play, a policy new this season. Bryant also passed three further tests, one on a bicycle, one on a treadmill and what's known as an Axon test - a baseline test for cognitive function - on Wednesday. Another portion of the test comes on the basketball court, in which Bryant played 2-on-2 subsequent to Black's address to the media.

It'll be interesting to see what happens when the two teams take the floor on Wednesday night.

For more on the Minnesota Timberwolves, check out Canis Hoopus. For more on Kobe and the Lakers, head to Silver Screen And Roll.

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