Though Lakers guard Jodie Meeks missed Monday’s practice because of a sprained left ankle, coach Mike D’Antoni believes that won’t keep him off the court.
Meeks plans to practice Tuesday and then play Wednesday in Game 2 of the Lakers’ first-round series against the San Antonio Spurs at A&T Center. Meeks said he used the time on Monday retaping his ankle and receiving treatment to ensure the ankle heals.
“I’m still swollen, but I’ll be all right,” Meeks said to this newspaper. “I want to be off my feet as much as possible.”
Meeks said those words as he walked out of the gym of The Episcopal School of Texas, a private high school where the Lakers practiced Monday. That marked an improvement from when he said he struggled walking and experienced routine swelling following the Lakers’ Game 1 loss Sunday to the Spurs.
Meeks believed he felt pain after stepping on an opponent’s foot after driving in for a layup. Either way, Meeks left with 9:11 in the second quarter to get his ankle retaped. He then appeared later in the second half. Meeks played a limited role, scoring only four points on 1 of 4 shooting in 20 minutes
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