Following a two-game absence due to a quadriceps injury, second-year forward Brandon Ingram is set to return to the lineup on Wednesday night against the Memphis Grizzlies, according to Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN.
Brandon Ingram (right quadriceps contusion and left quadriceps tendinitis) is expected to play tonight against Memphis barring something unforeseen popping up with his quads before the game according to Luke Walton. https://t.co/SLBVNqeXLr
— Ohm Youngmisuk (@NotoriousOHM) December 27, 2017
Ingram has been dealing with injuries to both quadriceps that he first suffered one against the Golden State Warriors on Dec. 22 and the other that occurred a couple of night before against the Houston Rockets. He is expected to play in limited minutes in his first game back from injury.
In Ingram’s absence, the Lakers have rolled with rookie Kyle Kuzma in his spot in the starting lineup. Kuzma is coming off another strong outing as he recorded 31 points behind six 3-pointers. It marked the most points ever by a Lakers rookie on Christmas Day and made him the first rookie to reach that mark since LeBron James had 34 points in 2003.
The 20-year-old is putting together a strong second campaign averaging 16.0 points on 44.7 percent shooting from the field and 34 percent from beyond the arc along with 5.5 rebounds, and 3.3 assists while starting all 30 games he has played this season. He is the only player in the NBA age 20 or younger averaging at least 15.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game.