Pacers Links: Pacers take care of business, await word on Kobe Bryant injury

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Roy Hibbert led the Pacers past the depleted Minnesota Timberwolves while their next opponent, the Los Angeles Lakers lost a game and Kobe Bryant to an ankle injury.

The Indiana Pacers reclaimed sole possession of second place in the Eastern Conference on Wednesday after cruising past the Minnesota Timberwolves. The New York Knicks gave up their share of second place after losing to the Denver Nuggets, a game in which both Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler left early with knee issues.

Speaking of injury issues, the Pacers next opponent, the Los Angeles Lakers may come limping into the Fieldhouse, as well on Friday. After trying to send the game into overtime, Kobe Bryant landed awkwardly (while trying to flail for a foul) and sprained his ankle leaving him "out indefinitely" for the Lakers. Former Pacer Dahntay Jones was guarding Bryant and the play renewed their long-held distaste for one another as Bryant tried to blame his ankle tweak on DJ.

Dahntay is quite comfortable an any sort of war of words and defended himself on Twitter while Kobe continued to grumble. I'll be real surprised if Kobe doesn't take the floor with the Lakers on Friday night at the Fieldhouse. The whole ankle thing seemed like a convenient distraction for the missed shot at the end of the game. Not saying, Kobe didn't roll his ankle but the drama seems a bit high for this one.

Now Kobe can try to "gut out" a performance on Friday. With Paul George chasing him, it shouldn't be too hard to determine the true extent of Kobe's ankle injury.

Check out the links:

Timberwolves at Pacers - Box score and highlights

Game Rewind: IND 107, MIN 91 | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS

Pacers' Roy Hibbert scores season-high 27 in 107-91 romp over Timberwolves | Indianapolis Star | indystar.com

Kobe or Not Kobe? | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS

Hibbert racks up 27 as Pacers pull away from Timberwolves | 1070 The Fan – Opinion & Analysis

Wolves lose at Indiana and get some bad Love news | StarTribune.com

Banged-up Rubio throws body around | StarTribune.com

Hibbert's double-double lifts Pacers past Wolves - AP

Forty-Five Years and Counting | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS

Post-Game Grades: Pacers Start Great, Stall Some then Pull Away to Beat T-Wolves | 8 Points, 9 Seconds

Pacers: Is there a team (not named Miami) that makes you nervous in the playoffs? | Pacers Insider

Kobe Bryant out indefinitely after spraining ankle; accuses Dahntay Jones of 'dirty' play - Yahoo! Sports

Kobe Bryant out indefinitely after suffering severe left ankle sprain in Lakers loss to Hawks (VIDEO) | Ball Don't Lie - Yahoo! Sports

Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler both leave the game early with injuries in 117-94 loss: Knicks-Nuggets analysis | NJ.com

NBA Scores: Kobe Bryant injured in Lakers' defeat, Nuggets rip Knicks - SBNation.com

Dime Magazine (dimemag.com) : Daily NBA News, NBA Trades, NBA Rumors, Basketball Videos, Sneakers " Blog Archive The Indiana Pacers: Contender Or Pretender?

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