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Lakers news: Brandon Ingram says he’s not coming off the bench

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The third-year forward in his return voiced that he has no plans to come off the bench in his return.

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Los Angeles Lakers third-year forward Brandon Ingram is set to make his return to the court on Monday night after completing a four-suspension for his involvement in the altercation that featured Houston Rockets point guard Chris Paul and his teammate Rajon Rondo.

Prior to his first game back against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Ingram voiced on Monday morning that he isn’t coming off the bench, according to Bill Oram of The Athletic.

These comments from Ingram may be a bit construed, but it is likely that Ingram could have been informed already that he will be in the starting lineup. He had been in that role prior to being handed the suspension for the fight during the game against the Rockets. This may be a move to see if reinserting Ingram into the starting lineup will help keep them flowing in the right direction. 

In his absence, second-year forward Kyle Kuzma has been playing quite well as he has poured in double-digit outings in each of the last four games including a pair of 20-point outings. This was highlighted by 37 points against the San Antonio Spurs in the overtime 143-142 loss at home. Kuzma has shown that he is a capable scorer and his movement off the ball has opened up more opportunities for his teammates to find him for high-percentage looks. 

Despite the return of Ingram, Kuzma is set to remain in the starting lineup for Monday’s game playing power forward with LeBron James at small forward while Ingram will replace Josh Hart at shooting guard, according to Mike Trudell of Lakers.com.

This is an intriguing offensive lineup where Kuzma will remain one of the primary offensive contributors on the floor. Things could change if head coach Luke Walton feels that another type of lineup would work best for the team on the floor to get the most out of their talent. 

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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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