Kobe Bryant sprains ankle in Lakers loss, out indefinitely

Thursday March 14th, 2013

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant severely sprained his left ankle in the last minute of the team's 96-92 loss to the Atlanta Hawks Wednesday night and the team says he is out indefinitely.

Bryant took X-rays after the game and the results turned up negative. The injury happened when Bryant took a jumper and came down on the ankle of Hawks guard Dahntay Jones.

Bryant had 31 points (on 11-33 shooting), seven rebounds, five assists and two steals against the Hawks. The Lakers (34-32) still own the eight and final playoff position in the Western Conference.

It is a huge blow for the Lakers, who play at Indiana on Friday. After that, the next three games (home against Sacramento, a road game at Phoenix and at home against Washington) are against teams with losing records.

The Lakers are 14-8 in games Bryant has missed since the 2006-07 season.


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