Walton said Monday he woke up with the ankle feeling great. When he got on the floor at shootaround he couldn’t shake the pain. The Lakers have had to scale him back from rehab work to treatment sessions. “I’m able to do more and more stuff,” said Walton, who initially was expected to miss about a week. “I just can’t do the full-out running or the cutting yet. Until I can do that, I can’t play.” Meanwhile, Kwame Brown was to fly to Indianapolis after practice to get a second opinion on his injured left ankle, which he rolled Dec. 31. Center Chris Mihm also is on this trip and was working out on an elliptical machine Tuesday. Mihm was supposed to be out for the season after undergoing a second ankle surgery but could return if his rehab continues to be ahead of schedule. Two-man game: Jackson was asked about Kobe Bryant’s balancing act between taking over games and trusting his teammates. He did both in the fourth quarter Monday, scoring 11 points but also giving up the ball to Smush Parker for a key 3-pointer. Yet Walton was unable to practice Tuesday, and his availability is in question with the Lakers playing back-to-back games against the Pistons and Toronto Raptors. They will finish the trip Sunday at Cleveland. “He’s getting frustrated with the situation,” Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. “It’s longer than he ever thought it would be. It’s just difficult for him to sustain it when you’re on the road like this, and you’re trying to find a way to get out there and nothing seems to work right.” ATLANTA – Never would the Lakers have guessed when they left on this eight-game trip more than a week ago that they might arrive home with forward Luke Walton still struggling to return from a sprained right ankle. Walton suffered the injury Jan. 26 and has missed sixgames as a result. He hoped to return Monday against the Hawks. “We really think that if we distribute the ball at the right time in the game when the focus comes on him, there’s some easy shots that people have,” Jackson said. “If he trusts his teammates in those situations, we’re really a difficult team to stop.” [email protected] (818) 713-3610 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!