Any hopes of Brandon Ingram making an early return were crushed on Sunday afternoon as the Los Angeles Lakers announced Ingram will not suit up for the Lakers’ game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Here’s the latest update from Lakers sideline reporter Mike Trudell.
Ingram is officially out for tonight’s game. He’ll be evaluated by team doctors at the arena to see when he might be expected to return. https://t.co/4DzIHQORxy— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) March 11, 2018
The Lakers announced Ingram would be out at least one week with a groin strain on Monday, but fans were hopeful Ingram would be back a day sooner than his initial timetable. Ingram has missed the last three contents for Los Angeles.
In the meantime, head coach Luke Walton will stick with Kyle Kuzma at small forward. Kuzma struggled in his first outing at the 3, but has since shaken the rust off, even posting a 20-point double-double in the Lakers’ win over the Magic on Wednesday.
The Lakers also used their final roster spot to get some help on the wing, signing former No. 2 overall pick Derrick Williams to a 10-day contract on Friday. Williams did not play Friday in Denver, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see him on the floor against his former team, the Cavaliers, on Sunday.
Per Trudell, Ingram will be re-evaluated by team doctors on Sunday at STAPLES Center. We’ll provide updated as they become available, but we’re hoping it’s good news.