Injury Update: Derrick Caracter’s Ankle is OK

UCLA Health SystemRookie backup center Derrick Caracter suffered a minor ankle injury after colliding with Kobe Bryant in the second quarter of L.A.’s 87-86 win over the Clippers on Tuesday, and did not return to the contest.

Caracter, however, said after the game that his ankle is “fine,” reporting that he would be able to play on Friday against the Bulls if Phil Jackson calls his number.

L.A.’s front line was so thin in the second half against the Clips that small forwards Ron Artest and Matt Barnes each saw extended time at power forward, with Artest shining in his defense of Blake Griffin.

Center Andrew Bynum (knee) is expected to play at some point of the road trip, while fellow big man Theo Ratliff remains a few weeks a knee while recovering from minor knee surgery.