The Los Angeles Lakers have been without second-year forward Brandon Ingram over the last five games due to a left strained groin injury.
It appears that the team will be without him a bit longer as it was announced during Sunday’s 127-113 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers that the 20-year-old will be out of the lineup for at least the next two games before being re-evaluated on Thursday.
Head coach Luke Walton shed a little light on the situation on Sunday night stating that Ingram voiced to him that he is feeling better while praising his team for their play in Ingram’s absence.
“In casual conversation a couple of hours before the game, he told me he was feeling better,” Walton said. “The team has done a very nice job, because Brandon is a huge part of who we are and what we do, but he was also carrying a big load when Zo [Lonzo Ball] was hurt and we asked him to play point [guard] for us. There was a lot he was doing for us within the team concept that we miss, but other guys have definitely done a nice job of stepping up and filing it to the best that we can.”
In the five games that Ingram has been out of the lineup, the Lakers hold a 3-2 record that includes two impressive wins over the Cavaliers and the San Antonio Spurs. Rookie forward Kyle Kuzma has taken up his spot in the starting lineup and will continue to do so with him out.
Ingram has put together a strong second year that has led to him becoming a more consistent offensive contributor currently averaging 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.
There should be more clarity on this situation on Thursday when he is examined by team doctors that should provide a timetable for his return.
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