The Los Angeles Lakers received good news Thursday evening following Kyle Kuzma’s MRI, with results coming back negative. The back issues that began during his usual pregame routine prior to the Lakers’ game against the Golden State Warriors appear to be nothing more than a minor setback for the shooting-star rookie.
The Lakers are still listing Kuzma as questionable when they travel to Denver to face the Nuggets, but having two full days to rest and rehabilitate from back spasms might be enough to get him back on the floor. The Lakers could also opt to sit Kuzma out of their road game Saturday in favor of having him fully-fresh for their second game of the weekend back home in Los Angeles against the Houston Rockets.
Either way, it’s a positive that Kuzma doesn’t have a serious back injury. He leads the Lakers in scoring at 16.7 points per game, and is one of their few respectable three-point shooting threats with a 37.9 percent success rate from deep.
The Lakers’ horrid offense — still third-worst in the league at 100 points per 100 possessions — definitely could use Kuzma, but the training staff isn’t rushing what could be a delicate process.
Expect another update on Kuzma’s status Friday afternoon, and final word on whether he can suit up some time before the Lakers’ game against the Nuggets on Saturday.