Kobe Bryant played just 12 minutes, all in the first quarter, in the Lakers' 99-93 win over the Pacers on Friday.
It was all his severely sprained left ankle could take.
Bryant went 0-for-4 from the field for zero points along with two assists and one turnover before asking out of the game.
"It was really stiff," Bryant said. "It just continued to swell. I couldn't put any weight on it so I had to call it a night."
"I couldn't put any pressure on it," Bryant said. "I couldn't post, I couldn't back a guy down, I couldn't move defensively. I just couldn't put any pressure on it ... I could shoot standing still. I could shoot, but once I started getting up and down at a pretty good pace, it just continued to get worse. It didn't loosen up at all."
Bryant knew going into the game that he would be limited.
"What I told them is, 'I don't know how much I have, but whatever I have, I'm going to give you,'" Bryant said. "That's all my message was to them."
Bryant would not say whether he thought he would be able to play Sunday when the Lakers host the Kings, but Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni is certainly open to the possibility of Bryant resting.
Kobe Only Able to Play 12 Minutes Friday Night
ESPN.com | Mar 16