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Kobe out at least five games with sprained ankle

Associated Press

Kobe Bryant will miss at least five games with a severely sprained right ankle, but the Los Angeles Lakers said Friday they won’t know exactly how long he’ll be out for another 72 hours.

Lakers coach Rudy Tomjanovich said Bryant, hurt in the first quarter of Thursday night’s game against Cleveland, would be placed on the injured list and replaced on the roster by rookie guard Tony Bobbitt before tonight’s game at Golden State.

An MRI exam Friday confirmed Bryant has a severely sprained ankle. The Lakers said he’ll be re-evaluated Monday and an estimate on how long he’ll be sidelined will be given at that time.

“We will miss him greatly, but this is an opportunity to grow as a team,” Tomjanovich said before the Lakers flew to Oakland for their game against the Warriors.

Off the court

Mavericks guard Marquis Daniels went on the injured list with a sore left ankle after already missing five straight games. … Memphis placed starting guard Mike Miller on the injured list with a concussion and activated guard Andre Emmett. … Indiana activated center Scot Pollard and placed rookie center David Harrison on the injured list with a concussion. … Forward Dale Davis was activated by the Golden State Warriors before their game at Seattle, and the team also placed rookie forward Andris Biedrins on the injured list with a strained left hamstring. … Suns point guard Steve Nash left the game against the Pacers with a bruised left thigh and did not return. … Portland’s leading scorer, Zach Randolph, did not dress for the game against New Orleans. Blazers officials said Randolph had a bone contusion in his right knee.