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Kobe Bryant refuses MRI exam, says he'll play Tuesday

April 25, 2011 |  4:53 pm

Kobe-bryant_250 After practice Monday, Lakers Coach Phil Jackson was asked if Kobe Bryant would play in Game 5 of the Hornets series Tuesday.

"He says he'll play," Jackson said.

The Lakers want Bryant to have an MRI exam and an X-ray on his sprained left ankle, but he's refusing to have either.

Bryant was injured in the final minutes of Sunday's Game 4 loss in New Orleans when he landed awkwardly on his left ankle while defending Willie Green.

Bryant did not speak to the media Monday.

The Western Conference first-round series is tied at 2-2.

--Mike Bresnahan

Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant hobbles on the court after injuring his left ankle in Game 4 on Sunday night in New Orleans. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times