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Phil Jackson: Kobe Bryant's left ankle is 'much better'

March 14, 2011 | 12:07 pm

Kobe Bryant remains a game-time decision for tonight's game against Orlando, but his sprained left ankle was "much better," Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said Monday.

Bryant did not talk to reporters after the team's shoot-around in El Segundo.

"He feels a lot better," Jackson said.

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Bryant landed off-balance after Shawn Marion blocked his shot late in the third quarter Saturday against Dallas. Bryant hobbled to the bench, then to the locker room, but returned to the game midway through the fourth quarter.

"He's probably stretched all the ligaments and tendons out in his ankles, so he doesn't have a whole lot of tearing going on," Jackson said. "Otherwise it would be difficult."

On Saturday, Bryant said his ankle looked like a baseball but now it looked like a "squash ball," Jackson said.

The Lakers are on a 9-1 roll since the All-Star break. If Bryant doesn't play, Shannon Brown will get the start at shooting guard.

-- Mike Bresnahan

Photo: Kobe Bryant leaves the court after an injury Saturday night. Credit: Ronald Martinez / Getty Images