Bryant Sprains Left Ankle

Kobe Bryant suffered a sprained left ankle late in L.A.’s Game 4 loss at New Orleans when his toe got caught on the floor trying to chase after Hornets guard Willie Green with 1:32 to play.

Bryant, who said after the game that he intends to play in Game 5 and has pushed through countless injuries in the past, will likely undergo an MRI on Monday morning, depending on how the ankle responds overnight.

Bryant began treatment of the foot on the team’s flight back from New Orleans late Sunday night.

We’ll have more on this after Monday’s practice.

***UPDATE: Bryant did not undergo tests on Monday, instead simply telling Phil Jackson that he was going to play in Tuesday evening’s Game 5.