In the last couple of weeks, the Los Angeles Lakers have continued to hedge in the right direction winning their first five games out of the All-Star break.
However, the Lakers have been dealt a blow to their frontcourt with forward Brandon Ingram after an MRI revealed a groin strain that will keep him out of the lineup for least a week, according to Mike Bresnahan of Time Warner SportsNet.
Brandon Ingram will miss at least two games with a strained groin, as per Lakers’ medical update. The earliest he would return is Sunday against Cleveland.
(The rest period of at least one week is retroactive to an MRI exam conducted yesterday, Lakers say.)
— Mike Bresnahan (@Mike_Bresnahan) March 5, 2018
Ingram had suffered the injury in the fourth quarter of last Thursday’s 131-113 win over the Miami Heat that forced him to exit the game with just under four minutes left in the period. According to Ohm Youngmusik of ESPN, the 20-year-old revealed on Monday that the injury was the same spot as the previous ailment but voiced no concern about it.
“I’m just happy it is not as [bad] as it could be [potentially],” Ingram said. “I was hit directly in the spot that I have had problems with before but it wasn’t as [bad] as it is right now. It is something that I will get through.”
The second-year forward in the midst of a promising campaign that has seen him become a more consistent offensive factor pushing his averages to 16.2 points per game on 46.9 percent shooting from the field and 38 percent from beyond the arc. He has scored in double figures in 48 games including 16 20-point outings, one 30-point performance, and six double-doubles.
His absence will likely result in an increased role for rookie forward Kyle Kuzma that saw him receive a start in his first absence on Monday night against the Trail Blazers. This will likely be the case for the next couple of games for Wednesday tilt against the Orlando Magic, and Friday’s contest against the Denver Nuggets. He could make his return to the court on Sunday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
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