The Los Angeles Lakers put a four-game winning streak on the line on Wednesday night against the Atlanta Hawks and the results couldn’t be worse for the team or it’s best player. Kobe Bryant went down with a severely sprained ankle on the last shot of the game for the Lakers and is out indefinitely as a result according to Dave McMenamin of ESPNLosAngeles.com as of March 13:
Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant is out indefinitely with a severe left ankle sprain suffered in Wednesday night's 96-92 loss to the Atlanta Hawks, the team announced.
X-rays were negative.
Kobe took a potentially game-tying shot on Dahntay Jones of the Hawks with about five seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. Kobe’s shot bounced off the rim while the five-time NBA champion went down with an ankle sprain as a result of landing on Jones’ foot.
With Kobe’s history of bouncing back quickly from injuries, the consensus was that the veteran guard would get back up and continue playing. Unfortunately, that was far from the case with the perennial All-Star clearly in pain and struggling to get back on his feet.
Even though the x-rays were negative, this sprain may be severe enough to keep the superstar sidelined for a considerable amount of time. Kobe may be among the toughest players in NBA history in terms of playing through injuries, but this time around the face of the Lakers franchise might be better off resting the ankle to prepare for a potential playoff run.
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