Kobe Bryant saw Serge Ibaka's below-the-belt hit Sunday on Blake Griffin and thought that some retaliation was in order.

"I probably would have smacked [Ibaka] in the mouth," Bryant said after the Los Angeles Lakers practiced Monday. "I would have dealt with the pain after."

The Lakers head on the road to play Ibaka and the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday. The NBA has not stated whether Ibaka, who received a flagrant foul 1 for his punch of Griffin, will be suspended.

Ibaka was not ejected and stayed in the game Sunday as the Thunder held on to beat Griffin and the Los Angeles Clippers, 108-104.

"It doesn't matter," Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni said when asked if he would plan for Ibaka to play. "They're deep. It won't change what we do, more or less. Obviously it would help us because he's a good player. But we won't change anything up."

How will Dwight Howard plan to face Ibaka?

"I mean, you got to wear a cup," Howard joked.

Whether Howard will need to shield himself from Ibaka or not, the Lakers will have to protect themselves from the Thunder's 17 fast-break points per game, the fifth-best mark in the league.

"Dictate the tempo of the game," Howard said. "I think if we slow the ball down and we play the way we want to play, we should win the game. They want to get out and run. That's not to our favor. We're not a run-and-gun team, so I think the best way to play those guys is to slow the ball down and make them play in a half-court offense."

The Thunder have won four of five games, averaging 114 points in the victories. The Lakers have won 13 of their last 18, but have averaged just 104 points in those wins.