Antawn Jamison expresses little worry about twisted left ankle

NEW ORLEANS — Despite missing the entire fourth quarter of the Lakers’ 103-87 victory Wednesday over
the New Orleans Hornets because of a twisted left ankle, Lakers forward Antawn Jamsion expressed confidence he’ll play Friday against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

“I could’ve come back,” said Jamison, who posted 15 points on six of 12 shooting. “A day off will definitely help so I should be fine.”

Jamison twisted his ankle in the third quarter after accidentally stepping on the foot of Hornets guard Greivis Vasquez as he drove into the lane.

“It was painful initially,” said Jamison, who started at power forward for the second consecutive game as Pau Gasol recovers from tendinitis in both of his knees. “But once I was able to walk up and down the court a little bit, I was able to continue to play without it.”

Still, Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni sounded cautious.

“I hope the next day, we don’t wake up in Oklahoma City and it’s blown up,” he said. “But [Jamison] said it was fine.”

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