Lakers’ Kobe Bryant and Andrew Bynum feeling fine

Shooting guard Kobe Bryant didn’t practice with his teammates Thursday, but he is expected to play in Friday’s game against the Sacramento Kings despite suffering a broken nose, a concussion and whiplash-like neck pain in the All-Star Game on Sunday. He is expected to wear a clear protective mask to shield his nose for the time being.

Center Andrew Bynum reported no pain or swelling in his right knee after undergoing an injection Friday, playing only six minutes in his first All-Star Game on Sunday and going through only a limited workout with the Lakers on Tuesday. He said after Wednesday’s victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves is knee “feels really, really good right now.”