LOS ANGELES — Despite dealing with a leg injury, Los Angeles Lakers rookie forward Kyle Kuzma is expected to make his return to the lineup on Friday night against the L.A. Clippers.
Luke Walton says that Kyle Kuzma is feeling better and expects him to play tonight against #Clippers. Says team will keep a close eye on him throughout the game to see how he's feeling and go from there as far as minute workload. #Lakers #lakeshow
— Bob Garcia IV (@bgarcia90) December 30, 2017
Although Walton does feel confident that Kuzma will be able to take the court against the Clippers, but did state that he could experience tightness in his thigh. The injury occurred during Wednesday’s 109-99 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies after he was kneed in the thigh in what was arguably his worst shooting performance 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 grabbing eight rebounds.
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.
In two games played this season against the Clippers, the 22-year-old is averaging 11.5 points on 60 percent shooting from the field and 42.9 percent from beyond the arc along with 3.0 rebounds in 19.0 minutes per contest.