The Los Angeles Lakers will be without second-year forward Brandon Ingram for Tuesday’s road game against the Utah Jazz due to still being in the concussion protocol, according to Tania Ganguli of The LA Times.
Brandon Ingram didn't travel with the Lakers to Utah and is out for tomorrow's game. Lonzo Ball did travel but is doubtful. Naturally, Alex Caruso is still with them.
— Tania Ganguli (@taniaganguli) April 2, 2018
Ingram has already missed this past Sunday’s game against the Sacramento Kings due to the injury that he suffered late in Friday’s overtime 124-120 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. He had initially been diagnosed with having a neck muscle contusion before being re-examined on Saturday where it determined he was dealing with concussion-like symptoms and was placed in the concussion protocol.
His absence along with rookie point guard Lonzo Ball being out of the lineup had pushed Alex Caruso into the starting point guard spot. Ingram has played in just two games since returning to action after missing 12 straight games due to a left groin injury that he suffered against the Miami Heat on March 1. The Lakers are taking the precautionary route with this latest ailment that could possibly keep him out of the lineup for the remainder of the season.
In his second campaign, Ingram is currently averaging 16.1 points with 5.3 rebounds, and 3.9 assists per contest. This includes scoring in double figures 50 times with 16 20-point performances and one game with 30 or more points. He has shown much improvement in his consistency in his scoring this season and has been one of the team’s most offensive options.
The Lakers currently have just six more games left in the season with five being played at Staples Center. Ingram will likely be out for Wednesday’s tilt given that there will be no practice between the contests. At this point, there is no clarity as to how long he will remain in the concussion protocol given that there is no set timetable as each instance differs. The Lakers will continue to monitor the situation moving forward over the final stretch of the regular season.
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