The Los Angeles Lakers will once again hit the court without the services of second-year forward Brandon Ingram for Thursday’s game against the New Orleans Pelicans due to a strained left groin, according to Mike Trudell of Lakers.com.
Brandon Ingram didn’t practice today, so he’ll be out for tomorrow night’s game in New Orleans. He was a little sore from yesterday’s workout he went through, in which he did the most he’s done since getting hurt, per Luke Walton.
— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) March 21, 2018
This will mark the 1oth straight game that Ingram has been sidelined with the injury that occurred on March 1 against the Miami Heat. Despite not being able to practice on Wednesday, he was able to go through a workout for the first time since he got hurt. This comes just a few days after he was medically cleared to participate in non-contact basketball activities on Friday.
The next step in his recovery from the groin injury is to go through a full practice without feeling any pain. Until he proves that, the Lakers will continue to go the precautionary route with Ingram as he is one of the key pieces to the team’s long-term future.
In his absence, the Lakers should once again turn to rookie forward Kyle Kuzma filling in as the starter at small forward. In nine games played in March, Kuzma is averaging 15.6 points on 47.1 percent shooting from the field and 40.4 percent from 3-point range with 8.6 rebounds. He has scored in double figures in each contest with three 20-point outings and three double-doubles. Kuzma is coming off a strong outing in the 110-100 loss to the Indiana Pacers on Monday night where he scored a game-high 27 points with eight rebounds.
Ingram is in the midst of a promising second year currently averaging a team-high 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. Prior to the injury, he had come off a promising month of February where he averaged 18.6 points on 54.5 percent shooting from the field and 52.2 percent from 3-point range with 5.2 rebounds, and 5.6 assists in 10 games played.