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Lakers list Derrick Caracter as day-to-day with left ankle sprain

The Lakers have listed backup center Derrick Caracter as day-to-day after spraining his left ankle in the team's 87-86 victory Thursday over the Clippers.

"It's cool," Caracter said in a brief interview before walking out of the locker room. He collided with Lakers guard Kobe Bryant , fell on the floor and limped for two possessions before being removed with 1:33 remaining. Though he didn't return after getting treatment, Caracter is listed among the reserves as well as Lakers center Andrew Bynum as players expected to practice Thursday morning before departing in the afternoon for a six-game trip beginning Friday at Chicago.

"It's cool," Caracter said in a brief interview as he walked out of the locker room.

He entered the Lakers' (16-6) game against the Clippers (5-18) averaging only 2.6 points in 7.5 minutes, but Caracter's initial absence sparked some concern because the Lakers' front line has also managed to absorb absences to Bynum and Theo Ratliff It's also forced Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom to log a team-leading 38.9 and 35.6 minute per game, respectively

"I thought he'd be back and play and just go back in and get his ankle taped," Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said of Caracter. "He never found a comfort level again."

--Mark Medina

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