Brandon Ingram is out tonight, but will travel to Minnesota
— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) March 28, 2017
Ingram missed the first game of his career on Sunday night against the Portland Trail Blazers due to nagging patellar tendonitis in his right knee. This is the second time this season that Ingram has dealt with knee issues as he underwent an MRI in late October that was initially diagnosed as tendonitis.
The 19-year-old has seen a spike in his production in the month of March averaging 13.5 points on 51.7 percent shooting along with 4.1 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 1.0 steals while starting all 11 games played. This includes scoring 10 or more points in a season-best 10 straight games.
Prior to March, Ingram was averaging 8.2 points on 37.1 percent shooting with 4.1 rebounds, and 2.0 assists in 61 games played.
“If we were in a playoff race, he would’ve played tonight,” Walton said. “He wanted to play tonight, but it’s our job to do what we think is best for him. Where we’re at, that’s not playing him while he’s in pain and limping and what not.”
Corey Brewer is expected to get the call again to replace him in the starting lineup on Tuesday night against Washington. Brewer scored three points on 1-of-5 shooting with two rebounds, an assist, a steal and two blocks in 19 minutes played against Portland.
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