The Los Angeles Lakers could be without one of their key players once again on Friday night against the L.A. Clippers with rookie forward Kyle Kuzma being questionable due to a thigh injury, according to Tania Ganguli of the LA Times.
Kyle Kuzma will be listed as questionable for tomorrow’s game against the Clippers.
— Tania Ganguli (@taniaganguli) December 28, 2017
The injury may stem after he was kneed in the thigh in the fourth quarter of Wednesday’s 109-99 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies. It was one of his worst shooting performances of the season making just 4-of-24 shots from the field and 1-of-11 from 3-point range for nine points along with eight rebounds and a pair of steals in 34 minutes played.
If Kuzma is unable to give it go, it would likely look to Larry Nance Jr. to fill his spot in the starting lineup against the Clippers. Nance Jr. is averaging 8.5 points and 6.7 rebounds in 22 games played with 17 starts.
Kuzma has been putting together an impressive rookie campaign is second among rookies with 17.8 points on 48.1 percent shooting from the field and 39.4 percent from beyond the arc with 6.8 rebounds per game. He has scored in double figures 28 times, including 13 20-point performances, and three with 30 or more points.
This includes recording five 20-point and 10-rebound games, which is most by a Lakers rookie since Hall of Famer Magic Johnson while being named Western Conference Rookie of the Month in October and November. He was also the first rookie to score at least 30 points on Christmas since LeBron James in 2003.