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.
Brandon Ingram (left groin strain) is out for Monday’s game at IND. The next game isn’t until Thursday at NOP; ideally, Ingram can practice w/contact between games, which is the next step. Meanwhile: Lopez (back tightness) and Kuzma (sprained ankle) are probable at IND.
— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) March 18, 2018
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.