He might be out several weeks and will not play Monday in Portland, staying in Los Angeles for an MRI exam.
It will be the first
The Lakers also announced that
He suffered a broken foot while in high school and had a screw inserted in it then.
The Lakers are suffering medically but somehow beat Indiana despite shooting 38%.
Bryant had 20 points, six assists and made seven of 14 shots, including the go-ahead basket after backing down the taller
"I've gone to more of an old-man game," Bryant said. "Instead of trying to beat guys off the dribble, which is a lot of stop-and-go and wears down the joints, I just back them down."
There were too many missed shots to make the game interesting for three quarters, though it got physical in the fourth quarter.
Carlos Boozer shoved Hibbert down on the court while the Pacers had the ball. Hibbert, none too thrilled, popped up and shoved Boozer, who had unkind words for Hibbert.
Boozer was assessed a flagrant foul, Hibbert a technical foul.
"I pushed him a little bit. He flopped a lot, and he got up acting like he was a tough guy," Boozer said. "We all know he's not a tough guy, and the refs did what they had to do."
The pregame theatrics were less enthralling but somewhat revealing when Coach
Bryant wouldn't necessarily sit out a game in back-to-back situations every time, Scott said.
"It depends on how he feels physically," he said."This was pretty much a no-brainer.We have three games in four nights."
Monday will mark the fourth game Bryant has sat out so he can rest.
Young said in the past he wouldn't mind a bigger workload and could get that chance in Portland after scoring 22 points Sunday.
Johnson averaged 9.7 points before Sunday and was considered one of the Lakers' top defenders. He nearly did the splits in the second quarter on the play in which he was injured. He did not return.
The Lakers will be even more hard-pressed to win without Johnson, as if it isn't difficult enough already.