LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Lakers have become a battered team in the last couple of days with the injury bug plaguing much of their young core group of players.
It has seen second-year forward Brandon Ingram along with rookies Kyle Kuzma and Lonzo Ball all out of the lineup due to respective ailments. Prior to the Lakers’ final home game on Tuesday night against the Houston Rockets, head coach Luke Walton voiced that it would be unlikely to see any of the trio back on the court for the season finale on Wednesday against the Los Angeles Clippers.
Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma and Brandon Ingram are out tonight, according to Luke Walton.
“Most likely we won’t see them again this season.”
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) April 11, 2018
The Lakers’ trio had already been declared out for Tuesday’s tilt at shootaround earlier in the day. Ball will have missed the final eight games of the season due to a left knee contusion that he suffered against the Dallas Mavericks on March 28. He will finish having played in 52 games averaging 10.2 points, 7.2 assists, and 6.9 rebounds per contest. He has recorded 24 games with double-digit scoring including two 2o-point outings with 13 double-doubles and two triple-doubles.
Ingram will have missed seven straight games to end the season due to being in the concussion protocol after dealing with concussion-like symptoms following the 124-120 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on March 30. 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.
He has made improvements in the recovery process but with no time to practice, it eliminates the chance to show that he can take the floor without any issues. Ingram will likely finish the season 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 in 59 games played.
Lastly, Kuzma will have missed the final three games of the season due to an ankle injury that he suffered against the Minnesota Timberwolves last Friday. Kuzma has put together an impressive rookie campaign where he is tied with Ingram with a team-best 16.1 points on 45 percent shooting from the field and 36.6 percent from beyond the arc with 6.3 rebounds in 77 games played. He 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.
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