NBA: Bryant hopes to play tonight at Indiana

2013-03-15T00:00:00Z NBA: Bryant hopes to play tonight at IndianaThe Associated Press The Associated Press
March 15, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Kobe Bryant says Dahntay Jones' dangerous defense left him with a sprained left ankle, and the NBA agreed.

Now, the Lakers are hoping the injury doesn't keep their star away from a playoff push for long.

Bryant spent Thursday getting several hours of treatment on what he called the worst sprained ankle of his 17 NBA seasons, hoping to be healthy for tonight's game at Indiana.

Although the Lakers offered no update on his condition after saying Bryant was out "indefinitely," the NBA acknowledged Jones should have been called for a foul on the play that left Bryant crumpled on the court in Atlanta.

The fifth-leading scorer in NBA history was hurt when he landed on Jones' foot with four seconds left after attempting a potential tying jumper in the Lakers' 96-92 loss to the Hawks on Wednesday night.

Although the team announced Bryant was out indefinitely, those familiar with Bryant's toughness won't assume he's missing any games until Kobe says so.

Thursday's games

• Spurs 92, Mavericks 91: In San Antonio, Tim Duncan had 28 points and 19 rebounds and the Spurs escaped, sweeping their season series with the Mavericks for the first time in 15 years. Gary Neal added 16 points and Kawhi Leonard had 12 for San Antonio, which has the Western Conference's top record at 50-16.

• Trail Blazers 105, Knicks 90: In Portland, Ore., Damian Lillard scored 26 points and dished out 10 assists as the Trail Blazers topped New York. J.R. Smith led the Knicks with 33 points.

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