Though Kobe Bryant remains questionable for the Lakers’ Tuesday night matchup against the New Orleans Pelicans (11-25) at Staples Center, the Lakers (8-31) hope to get D’Angelo Russell and Brandon Bass on the court.
“I’m going to try to. I’m going to test it, see how it feels,” Russell, who’s been nursing a sprained right ankle since Thursday, said Monday.
Russell was injured after scoring his career-high of 27 points in a 118-115 loss to the Kings in Sacramento. After trying to play on Friday against the Oklahoma City Thunder, he left after eight minutes and sat out Sunday against the Utah Jazz.
“I’ve never sprained my ankle, so it’s the first time,” he said. “I’m not used to it, so I just try to take it slow.”
On Monday, team officials had Russell examined to make sure the ankle is healing properly. “He went and got some more X-rays on it to make sure nothing was wrong structurally with it,” Coach Byron Scott said.
Bryant missed the Lakers’ 86-74 loss to the Jazz with a strained right Achilles -- on the opposite leg from the one torn in 2013.
“I’m not too concerned about it now,” Scott said. “He seems to respond well from rest and treatment, so we’ll just have to wait and see.”
Bass was also sidelined, after suffering an eye injury (scratched right cornea) on Friday. He was able to participate in the team’s light practice on Monday; Bryant and Russell sat out.
The Lakers also list second-year forward Julius Randle as probable with a sore right foot.