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Video: Kobe Bryant ankle looks just fine, ask Emeka Okafor

Apr 27, 2011, 8:10 AM EDT

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The question coming into Game 5 was just how Kobe Bryant‘s ankle was going to hold up and impact the Lakers. And in the first quarter, there may have been concerns.

But when Kobe threw down the dunk of the 2011 playoffs so far on the head of Emeka Okafor, his ankle looked fine and he sparked the Lakers to a win that gave them a 3-2 series lead.

And damn, when he wants to Kobe can still get up, can’t he?

  1. fouldwimmerlaik - Apr 27, 2011 at 4:44 PM

    LAKERS FAN HERE.

    Kobe’s ankle was never injured. This is all part of the plan by Phil and Kobe to fool teams into thinking the Lakers are playing badly. Did you see Kobe last night? There is no way his ankle is injured. Even the replay of the “injury” looked very staged. Kobe may be a true baller, but he isn’t that good of an actor.

    I was never fooled, though I did put a fake cast on my Kobe Bryant Action Figure – Playoff Edition to help with the ruse. I don’t want Kobe getting mad at me.

  2. lakesidelakersfan - Apr 27, 2011 at 10:14 PM

    It’s the playoffs. Everyone plays hurt. The veterans on the teams that knew their playoff fates early rested more than normal. Kobe was down to 28 minutes a game towards the end. Bench guys get longer rotations. It’s a science, that’s why the perenial playoff teams tend to be the higher seeds. Although Memphis is pretty hot right now.
    GO LAKERS.

  3. doinkyboink - Apr 27, 2011 at 11:53 PM

    Mildly sprained ankles loosen up with activity and start to feel fine, but you can bet Kobe will pay for this fantastic dunk with a weakened and painful, probably swollen ankle. Watch the game again: especially in the 1st quarter, Kobe had a bit of a hobble that disappeared with time. He’s hurt alright, and he’ll need to be especially careful not to bend his ankle the wrong way again. – LA fan

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