Lonzo Ball (bruised knee) and Brandon Ingram (concussion) will not play tomorrow vs. Minnesota, according to the Lakers’ injury report.
— Mike Bresnahan (@Mike_Bresnahan) April 5, 2018
Ingram has now missed four consecutive games due to being in the concussion protocol after dealing with concussion-like symptoms following last Friday’s overtime 124-120 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. He had initially been diagnosed with having a neck muscle contusion before getting re-examined on Saturday where it determined he was dealing with concussion-like symptoms and was subsequently placed in the concussion protocol.
The 20-year-old has continued to take steps forward in his recovery from the injury being able to ride a stationary bike without any symptoms, which is the first of several activities that he will have to go through before being cleared to return to the court, according to Tania Ganguli of The LA Times.
Brandon Ingram will have to go through several activities without his concussion symptoms returning before he can play. Today he did the first of those: riding a stationary bike. After 24 hours if the symptoms don't return, he'll go on to the next step. He's out for tomorrow.
— Tania Ganguli (@taniaganguli) April 6, 2018
Although Ingram has continued to make progress, there is no guarantee that he will be cleared in time to play in any of the final three games of the regular season with all three being played at Staples Center. As long as he remains out of the lineup, rookie forward Kyle Kuzma will continue to draw the start.
Kuzma is putting together an impressive rookie campaign where he currently holds the franchise rookie record for made 3-pointers (159). He also ranks fifth all-time in single-season scoring totals for a rookie in team history and is the first rookie record at least 1,200 points, 450 rebounds, and 150 made 3-pointers.
Meanwhile, Ball has missed the last five 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.
There is no certainty that either Ball or Ingram will be able to return to the court for the final stretch of the season over the next several days. In the meantime, the Lakers will continue to take the precautionary route with each player moving forward.