After exiting Friday’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Los Angeles Lakers rookie Kyle Kuzma had X-Rays done and thankfully the results came back negative. Kuzma has been listed as day-to-day by the medical staff.
Kuzma’s status for Sunday is still up in the air, but if his ankle is still sore, it might not be worth risking a more severe injury. After all, the Lakers already have one player out for the season in Isaiah Thomas and have two other players that are running out of time to make their returns in Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram.
Kuzma has started in place of Ingram at small forward while the second-year forward out of Duke works his way back from injury. If Kuzma can’t give it a go on Sunday, Josh Hart will likely start at small forward, where he has spent 39 percent of his time on the court this season, according to basketball-reference.com. Beyond that, the Lakers’ options on the wing are scarce.
Perhaps the Lakers will consider signing someone to a 10-day contract just to have another warm body to close out the season. They might have even considered playing Luol Deng for a few minutes, but Deng too is currently nursing an ankle injury.
We will have more for you as information becomes available.