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Lakers news: Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball out against Spurs

Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball

The Lakers will be without the services of two of their young core pieces on Wednesday night against the Spurs.

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The Los Angeles Lakers will head into Wednesday’s home game without the services of two key pieces in rookie point guard Lonzo Ball and second-year forward Brandon Ingram due to injury, according to Mike Bresnahan of Spectrum SportsNet.

This will mark the third straight game that Ingram has missed due to dealing with concussion-like symptoms that have put him in the NBA’s concussion protocol. He had didn’t even travel with the team on their one-game road trip against the Utah Jazz on the first of the back-to-backs 

There is no timetable for his return to the court given that each instance varies on the severity and the amount it takes to be symptom-free. Ingram had suffered the injury 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.

Ingram is in the midst of an encouraging second campaign where he has seen a significant uptick in production and efficiency shooting the ball. He is currently averaging 16.1 points on 47 percent shooting from the field and 39 percent from beyond the arc 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.

Rookie forward Kyle Kuzma will likely continue to fill his spot in the starting lineup in his absence on the floor. He is averaging 16.1 points on 45.1 percent shooting from the field and 36.4 percent from beyond the arc with 6.3 rebounds. 

Meanwhile, Ball has missed the last four straight games due to a left knee contusion that he suffered last Tuesday night against the Dallas Mavericks. He has continued to make improvements from the injury, but there no timetable for his return to the court. In 52 games played, Ball is averaging 10.2 points, 7.2 assists, and 6.9 rebounds per contest. Following Wednesday’s tilt, there remain four more games in the regular season. 

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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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