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Brandon Ingram progressing to 3-on-3, listed as questionable vs. Mavericks

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Brandon Ingram is so, so close to returning.

NBA: Los Angeles Lakers at Minnesota Timberwolves Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Brandon Ingram just got that much closer to making his highly anticipated return for the Los Angeles Lakers as the team announced he is listed as questionable for Wednesday’s game against the Dallas Mavericks. Here’s the full report from Lakers sideline reporter Mike Trudell:

Ingram has missed almost a full month nursing a groin injury he suffered on March 1 against the Miami Heat. The Lakers have lost seven of their last 12 games without Ingram, including a loss to the Detroit Pistons on Monday.

Should Ingram return on Wednesday against Dallas, he will likely be on a minutes restriction. Prior to going down with an injury, Ingram was averaging 33.8 minutes per game, the third-most on the team behind Lonzo Ball (34.4) and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (34).

With just nine games left in the NBA regular season, Ingram is running out of time to make a comeback this season. Should he bet out beyond Wednesday, the front office has reportedly considered bringing in a free agent to get some healthy bodies on the roster.

Hopefully it doesn’t get to that point and Ingram returns sooner rather than later to help the Lakers finish the season strong. The Lakers will head into Wednesday’s game nine games below .500 and seeded at the No. 11 slot in the Western Conference.