Upon colliding with Nets guard Devin Harris late in the second quarter of L.A.’s 103-95 win in New Jersey, Kobe Bryant sprained his right ankle and left the floor under his own power.
After getting taped at halftime, however, Bryant scored 12 of his 14 points in the third quarter, nine of which came on consecutive threes within a span last just over two minutes that prompted the crowd to its first “MVP!” chant of the evening. Bryant also dished out five of his nine assists after halftime in 23 second half minutes, and didn’t feature any obvious limp on that right ankle.
After the game, Lakers head coach Phil Jackson simply said that Bryant “sprained his ankle” and will be looked at in the morning. No. 24 and the team will stay in New York City for the evening, and Bryant and L.A.’s training staff will re-evaluate the ankle on Saturday morning.
In the meantime, Bryant’s listed as day-to-day heading into Sunday afternoon’s contest in Atlanta. We’ll have an update for you when one’s made available on Saturday.