(ATLANTA) — Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant is out indefinitely after suffering a severe left ankle sprain in the final seconds of the Lakers’ 96-92 loss to the Atlanta Hawks Wednesday.
The injury occurred with 3.9 seconds left in the game. Bryant took a baseline jumper that would have tied the game. At the end of the shot it appears Bryant landed on Hawks defender Dahntay Jones’ foot. Bryant immediately fell to the court in pain.
“When I go to contest shots I’m always very conscious about making sure I don’t walk underneath them,” Bryant told Time Warner Cable Sportsnet after the game. “It’s just a very, very dangerous play. Especially if I’m fading away there is no rhyme or reason I should be coming down near anybodies foot.”
There is no word whether Bryant will play in the Lakers’ upcoming game versus the Indiana Pacers Friday, but Bryant did leave the arena on his own without the use of crutches.
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN