Los Angeles Lakers stars Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol, testing their injuries in today’s practice, could return to game action Friday when LA hosts the Washington Wizards.

"Hopefully Kobe and Pau will be back Friday, hopefully, and then we can start going forward with everybody that we need to have," coach Mike D'Antoni said, according to ESPN Los Angeles, and later agreeing with a reporter who asked if he "expected" the pair back.

Bryant, who sprained his left ankle last week in Atlanta, took more treatment Wednesday but said he expected to practice full speed today with an eye toward returning Friday.

Gasol—who, according to ESPN Los Angeles, was winded Wednesday after going 4-on-4 for the first time since tearing the plantar faschia in his right foot in early February—said he planned to test the foot in 5-on-5 play today before making a final determination for the Lakers' game against the Wizards.

"I feel confident,” hes said, “but we don't want to get too ahead of ourselves," Gasol said.

The Lakers hold a one-game lead over the Utah Jazz for the eighth and final playoff spot in the West with less than a month to go in the regular season.

"Right now, it's all or nothing," Gasol said. "We're down the last stretch, and we have to give our very best as individuals and as a group in order to have the best shot."

D'Antoni said that Gasol would eventually move into the starting lineup in place of Earl Clark, but would come off the bench while he works his way back into shape.