The Los Angeles Lakers' playoff lives flashed in front of their collective eyes on Wednesday night in a loss to Atlanta, when Kobe Bryant's game-tying attempt in the final seconds ended with him heaped on the floor with a severely sprained left ankle.

It remains to be seen if Bryant will be sidelined, but a person with knowledge of the situation said on Thursday afternoon that, "Kobe doesn't look good, but with Kobe you never know." The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because the team wasn't prepared to provide an update of the situation just yet.

The play on which Bryant was hurt, when he rose up from the right baseline with three seconds left and came down on the foot of Atlanta Hawks guard Dahntay Jones, sparked a debate about player safety that was largely fueled by Bryant's twitter rant on the topic.