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Hornets update: Aaron Gray's ankle

April 18, 2011 |  4:29 pm


Reserve big man Aaron Gray was putting on a brave face and a sore foot forward before reporters and cameras on Monday. That is, a sore right ankle, which leaves him questionable for Game 2 on Wednesday.

Gray said his sprained right ankle had improved range of motion since Sunday, when he suffered the injury late in the Hornets’ Game 1 victory against the Lakers. He was spotted on crutches while wearing a walking boot as he left Staples Center and said it felt like there was a softball lodged in his ankle.

“The biggest thought in my mind was Game 2 is going to be so much more intense,” he said Monday at Hornets practice, via video posted at “[The Lakers] are going to bring it even more. That was kind of my mind-set. I just want to be at 100 percent because it’s going to be a fight and I want to be in there with the rest of my teammates.”

That won’t be his call alone for Wednesday. The medical staff and coach Monty Williams get votes, of course.

“I know what my decision is -- you’ve got to ask our coach and trainer for that,” Gray said.

 --Lisa Dillman

Photo: New Orleans center Aaron Gray fouls Lakers forward Lamar Odom during Game 1 on Sunday. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times