Kobe, Nash to play as Lakers face Kings

Despite injuries Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash are playing against the Kings tonight.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash played Saturday against the Sacramento Kings.

Nash left in the third quarter of the Lakers' loss Thursday to Milwaukee because of a sore hamstring and what he called a hip spasm.

Bryant has been dealing with a sprained left ankle and, more recently, a bone spur in his left foot.

The Lakers (37-36) are tied with Utah for eighth place in the Western Conference, though they are technically ninth because the Jazz has already won the head-to-head tiebreaker.

The Lakers are 1-2 on a four-game trip that concludes against Sacramento. After Saturday's game, the Lakers play seven of their final eight at Staples Center, though one of them is a designated road game against the Clippers.

— Mike Bresnahan