The Los Angeles Lakers are inching toward the end of the regular season with injuries starting to pile up on their roster. In light of that, the team is expected to play their three young core players in D’Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson, and Brandon Ingram against the Sacramento Kings on Friday night.
Russell and Clarkson are going to play today. Ingram will play on minute restriction
— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) April 7, 2017
Russell sat out Wednesday’s 108-103 road win over the San Antonio Spurs due to a sore left knee, however, he is not expected to have a minute restriction against the Kings. He has missed 17 games this season due to injury but hadn’t been out of the lineup since late January. Russell is averaging 15.7 points, 4.8 assists, and 3.5 rebounds per game.
Meanwhile, Clarkson’s availability for Friday’s tilt was in question because of a left knee contusion that he suffered in the second half of Wednesday’s game against San Antonio after bumping knees with Spurs forward David Lee. He sat out the entire fourth quarter of the contest due to safety precautions.
Ingram has been dealing with nagging patellar tendonitis in his right knee that forced him to miss three straight games and play in limited minutes in the last three contests following his return including just 10 minutes against the Spurs. The Lakers should continue to play it safety with their promising rookie forward in the final stretch of the season.
The 19-year-old has had a productive start to the month of April averaging 13.0 points on 55.2 percent shooting from the field in just three games.
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