LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) — Kobe Bryant’s availability for Friday night’s game will be a game-time decision.

KNX 1070’s Randy Kerdoon said on Twitter that Bryant’s ankle has improved significantly after suffering what the team called a “severe sprain” at the close of Wednesday’s loss to the Atlanta Hawks.

The Lakers’ star has spent the past two days treating what he calls the worst sprained ankle of his career. He was injured after landing on the foot of Atlanta’s Dahntay Jones.

NBA officials said Thursday a foul should have been called on the play.

Bryant always has been a fast healer, and that appears to be the case: two days after saying Bryant was out indefinitely, coach Mike D’Antoni walked off the court following the team’s shootaround and said Bryant is getting better every day — perhaps enough to play Friday night at Indiana.

The Pacers say they expect Bryant to play and be at full strength.

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