Lakers news: Brandon Ingram out for at least week due to groin strain

Brandon Ingram

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

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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Bob Garcia IV

Bob Garcia IV is a sports journalist from Southern California. He's currently the Los Angeles Lakers beat writer for Sports Out West. He was previously the beat writer for LA Rams Report for Scout.com, which is a website dedicated to covering the Rams. Lastly, he was a reporter for the award-winning newspaper, The Daily Sundial, at California State University, Northridge. You can follow him on Twitter, @BGarciaivsports.


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