Earl Clark sprains right ankle, but believes he will play against Indiana

ATLANTA — The Lakers have injury concerns beyond Kobe Bryant’s severely sprained left ankle that will sideline him indefinitely.

Lakers forward Earl Clark also sprained his right ankle that kept him limited in the Lakers’ 96-92 loss Wednesday to the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena. But the Lakers forward vows he will play Friday when the Lakers visit the Indiana Pacers.

“I feel pretty yoogd actually,” said Clark, who posted four points and three rebounds in 13 minutes. “It’s not really that swollen. I can walk I don’t feel pressure.”

That’s not what Clark said he felt when he first injured his ankle. He said incident happened early in the first quarter when he accidentally landed on Dwight Howard’s foot trying to grab a rebound. Clark played 11 minutes in the first half, but then said it felt “stiff” by halftime, prompting him to get the ankle retaped and ice it.

Clark’s x-rays turned out negative and the Lakers are officially listing him as day-to-day.

Regardless, Clark vowed he felt healthy enough to play in the second half after running a few sprints in the hallway. But Clark played for only two minutes.


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