The Los Angeles Lakers' loss to the Atlanta Hawks may cost more than position in the standings as Kobe Bryant suffered an ankle injury in the final seconds that has him "out indefinitely."
With the Lakers trailing by two points in the final seconds, Bryant misfired on a potential game-tying jumper and injured his ankle when he landed on Dahntay Jones' foot. Bryant immediately fell to the ground, grabbed his ankle and began writhing in pain.
After the Hawks' 96-92 victory on Wednesday night, Bryant had x-rays taken on his left ankle, as reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.
Jones tweeted he wasn't trying to hurt Bryant but apparently the five-time NBA champ may have seen the play differently.
More from the Associated Press:
ATLANTA (AP) — Los Angeles star Kobe Bryant severely sprained his left ankle after missing a game-tying shot in the closing seconds of a loss to the Atlanta Hawks.
The Lakers said he's out indefinitely, just as the team is pushing for a playoff spot after a miserable start.
The injury occurred Wednesday night after Bryant put up the baseline jumper with 3 seconds remaining. His left foot landed on defender Dahntay Jones' right foot, twisting awkwardly as Bryant crumpled to the court.
He remained down for a few seconds, then hobbled to the bench. Bryant seemed perturbed that he couldn't stay in the game, but he had to come out since the Lakers had no timeouts. Kyle Korver hit two free throws to clinch Atlanta's 96-92 win.
X-rays were negative.