Kobe Bryant is expected play tonight after all, according to Lakers.com's Mike Trudell.

Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni expects his star in Friday's 7 p.m. ET game against the Indiana Pacers despite an ankle injury initially ruled as a severe sprain from Wednesday's game against the Atlanta Hawks.

"I'm sure you're all surprised: Mike D'Antoni anticipates that @kobebryant (severely sprained ankle) WILL start tonight at Indy," Trudell tweeted Friday evening. "Initially, D'Antoni said 'we'll see' & 'game-time decision.' When pressed, said he expects Kobe will play, & that he won't just be a decoy."

D'Antoni told news reporters earlier Friday that Bryant would be a game-time decision.