Injury Update: Matt Barnes

In the first half of LAL’s double overtime victory over Oklahoma City on Sunday, Matt Barnes sprained his right ankle, putting him out for the remainder of the half.

Barnes managed to play through the pain to start the third quarter, but was replaced by Devin Ebanks later and did not return.

The ankle was tender enough over the next few days that Barnes has not been able to practice, and will not travel with the team to Thursday’s season finale against Sacramento.

Barnes did state on his Twitter account that he’s planning on being ready for L.A.’s first playoff game, likely on Saturday or Sunday, and will continue to rehabilitate up to that point with the team’s training staff.

The Lakers are already short-handed after news broke Tuesday that Metta World Peace would be suspended for seven games due to an elbow to the head of OKC’s James Harden. Ebanks is expected to start against the Kings, while the rotation has yet to be determined for Round 1.

Barnes could get the starting nod, as could Ebanks, who started seven games across the past two weeks when Kobe Bryant missed action due to tenosynovitis in his left shin.

Stay tuned.