Update: Ingram will not require an X-Ray or MRI, per Mike Trudell of Lakers.com.
The Los Angeles Lakers are taking a cautious approach with Brandon Ingram after a scare against the Utah Jazz. The No. 2 pick appeared to tweak his knee in the first quarter against the Utah and went back to the locker room after feeling what was described as a “twinge.” Ingram returned to the game for a small stretch, but was ruled out for the remainder of the game at halftime.
The Lakers will re-evaluate his knee Saturday before they pay a visit to Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder.
It’s a plus that the Lakers’ team doctors didn’t hold Ingram out after getting their first look at him, but it’s worrisome that there’s still question as to whether something is up with his knee. Brandon tried out a knee sleeve when he returned but it wasn’t enough to stave off any worries he had.
There’s no need to panic yet, but any injury is going to set off alarms. Take solace in the fact that the Lakers let him return for the time being, and the Lakers seemed relatively optimistic about the injury following the game:
Brandon Ingram on his knee said it’s “just a little tendinitis, nothing serious.” Just wanted to be cautious (on @SpectrumSN)— Serena Winters (@SerenaWinters) October 29, 2016
Luke’s not going to risk anything w/ Ingram “No way we’re going to get him playing until we know 100% that there’s nothing wrong” (on SPSN)— Serena Winters (@SerenaWinters) October 29, 2016