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Lakers news: Brandon Ingram out for Monday’s game against Pacers

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The Los Angeles Lakers will be without services of second-year forward Brandon Ingram for a ninth straight game due to a strained left groin as he’s out for Monday’s road game against the Indiana Pacers, according to Mike Trudell of Lakers.com

Since suffering the injury on March 1 against the Miami Heat, Ingram has been on the mend from the injury. He had recently been medically cleared to participate in non-contact basketball activities on Friday, which had opened the door to him possibly making his return to the court on this upcoming four-game road trip. 

Ingram has been putting together a promising second year 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. He has stepped into a more prominent role as a more reliable scorer this season, which has created much optimism around his potential. 

In his absence, rookie forward Kyle Kuzma has been the primary recipient of the starts at small forward. In eight games played in March, Kuzma is averaging 15.4 points on 45.6 percent shooting from the field and 42.9 percent shooting from beyond the arc with 8.6 rebounds per contest in 36.4 minutes per contest. This includes scoring in double figures in each contest along with three double-doubles. 

The Lakers will likely continue to take the precautionary route with the injury given his importance to the future of the franchise. He also still has to prove he can practice with contact first before he can return to game action. There are two full days between Monday’s tilt and Thursday’s contest against the New Orleans Pelicans. This could provide a window for him to get in full practice with contact if he can physically handle it at this point in time. 
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Bob Garcia IV

Staff Writer at Sports Out West
Bob Garcia IV is a sports journalist from Southern California. He's currently the Los Angeles Lakers beat writer for Sports Out West. He is also currently covering the NBA and NFL for ClutchPoints. 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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