Foul play for Kobe?

Posted: March 15, 2013

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.

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 Friday'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 4 seconds left after attempting a potential tying jumper in the Lakers' 96-92 loss to the Hawks on Wednesday night.

Bryant rolled on the ground and eventually left the court in anger and pain, furious about Jones' questionable tactics in sliding underneath him while Bryant hung in the air. Bryant tweeted about it, including a hashtag: "cleanupthegame."

The NBA later said video replay confirmed Bryant was fouled.

"After review at the league office, video replay confirmed that referees missed a foul call on Jones as he challenged Bryant's shot and did not give him the opportunity to land cleanly back on the floor," said the statement on the NBA's website. "Bryant should have been granted two free throws."

Bryant tweeted that his ankle was "still very swollen. Treatment all day." The Lakers had the day off Thursday in Indianapolis, the final stop on their three-game road trip.

In a game: * 

At San Antonio, Tim Duncan went for 28 points and 19 rebounds and the Spurs held off a late surge by the Dallas Mavericks for a 92-91 victory. Dirk Nowitzki had a double-double of his own, 21 points and 11 boards.

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