Kobe Bryant holds ankle in pain.

The Los Angeles Lakers season just isn’t getting better, and they were dealt a major blow Wednesday evening (March 14), when superstar Kobe Bryant went down with a severe ankle sprain … and is out indefinitely.

The injury took place against the team’s 96-92 loss to the Atlanta Hawks. However, according to ESPN.com, x-rays were negative.

Bryant landed on Dahntay Jones’ foot and twisted his left ankle, and immediately fell to the court in pain. No foul was called.

After the game, Kobe said refs should protect shooters better. “As defensive players, you can contest shots, but you can’t walk underneath players,” he said. “That’s dangerous for the shooter.”

Jones, however, responded via Twitter, saying it wasn’t his fault… and wasn’t maliciously trying to hurt the Lakers star. “Tape doesn’t lie. Ankle was turned on the floor after the leg kick out that knocked him off balance. I would never try to hurt the man.

“Leg kick that makes contact with a defensive player is an offense foul. Period. The nba changed that rule 2 yrs ago. Stop it!”

For now, Kobe is trying to recover. Thursday, he is already rehabbing. “Compression. Ice. Django. Zero Dark Thirty. This is Forty and 1 hour of sleep. #countonwill #countonhaters. On to the next,” he tweeted.