Brandon Ingram placed in concussion protocol
The Los Angeles Lakers suffered their sixth loss in their last game after falling just short in overtime, 124-122, to the Milwaukee Bucks. It featured a valiant effort that saw them completely erase a huge 20-point deficit late in the second half that helped the Lakers force an overtime period.
In the loss, forward Brandon Ingram suffered a head injury that originally was diagnosed as a neck muscle contusion. However, it appears after the team doctors have asserted on Saturday after another evaluation that Ingram is dealing with concussion-like symptoms.
Brandon Ingram was re-evaluated this morning and diagnosed with concussion-like symptoms.
He has been placed in the NBA's concussion protocol.
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) March 31, 2018
The 20-year-old suffered the injury in the fourth quarter of Friday’s game and continued to play after the injury before subbing himself out during a timeout just over a minute into the overtime frame. He was immediately taken back to the locker room where he underwent evaluation from the team doctors.
The fact that the symptoms lingered through Saturday could mean that he is dealing with a concussion at this point in time. There is no exact timetable for his return as it varies from case to case to see how long it takes for a player to be symptom-free.
That said, this should at least put him out of action for Sunday’s game against the Sacramento Kings and likely the back-to-backs on Tuesday on the road facing the Utah Jazz followed by a home tilt against the San Antonio Spurs. It is something that the Lakers will continue to monitor over the last seven games of the regular season.
This injury has occurred just two games removed from returning from a 12-game absence due to a left groin injury that he suffered against the Miami Heat on March 1. When healthy, Ingram has shown much promise on the court in his second campaign averaging 16.1 points on 47 percent shooting from the field and 39 percent from 3-point range along with 5.3 rebounds, and 3.9 assists per contest.