Second-year forward Brandon Ingram will miss his 11th straight game for the Los Angeles Lakers as the team has reportedly ruled him out for Saturday’s matchup with the Memphis Grizzlies, according to Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times.
There was brief optimism as the initial report from Ganguli said the Lakers had upgraded Ingram to doubtful in their notes, but after Ingram got a few shots up, the training staff must have decided that the risk of injury was still too high.
Update: Ingram got some shots up today in Memphis and the Lakers are updating his designation to out for tomorrow's game. https://t.co/VVG3ZKsqV1— Tania Ganguli (@taniaganguli) March 23, 2018
Ingram last suited for the Lakers on March 1 against the Miami Heat. The soonest he’d be able to return now is Monday against the Detroit Pistons, but if his groin bothered him enough to sit out on Saturday, there’s a small chance he’ll be ready to go on Monday.
Luckily, both of the Lakers’ aforementioned opponents haven’t been playing their best basketball as of late, especially the Grizzlies, who lost to the Charlotte Hornets by 61 points on Thursday. No, that wasn’t a typo.
With Ingram sidelined, Kyle Kuzma will resume the role of starting small forward. The Lakers are 4-6 without Ingram in the starting lineup.