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Kobe Bryant's ankle another plot twist

Updated: April 26, 2011, 4:38 PM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Barring an unforeseen turn of events, such as gas prices spiking so high overnight that the cost to fuel Kobe Bryant's helicopter from Orange County to downtown L.A. causes him to decide to drive to Game 5 at the last minute, making him miss the tip while stuck in traffic on the 405, he'll be playing Tuesday night on that bum left ankle.

Just how bad a shape his ankle is in is anybody's guess -- including for the Los Angeles Lakers' training staff -- after ...

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