Brandon Ingram suffers left groin strain, reevaluated in one week
Late in the 131-113 win over the Miami Heat, Brandon Ingram suffered an injury after a hard foul by Justise Winslow. After not playing in the team’s impressive 116-112 win over the San Antonio Spurs to cap off an undefeated road trip, Ingram returned to Los Angeles for an MRI.
According to Ryan Ward of ClutchPoints, Brandon Ingram suffered a left groin strain and will be reevaluated in a week. As a result, the earliest the 20-year-old could return is on Mar. 11 against the Cleveland Cavaliers:
MRI results show Brandon Ingram having a left groin strain. He’ll be reevaluated in a week #Lakers
— Ryan Ward (@RyanWardLA) March 5, 2018
With Josh Hart expected to miss 4-6 weeks following hand surgery and Corey Brewer bought out of his contract, head coach Luke Walton will need to get creative without Ingram now. In the win over the Spurs, Kyle Kuzma was inserted into the starting lineup as Travis Wear, who was signed to a 10-day contract, provided a nice spark off the bench.
For Ingram, this could not have come at a worse time as he was playing the best basketball of his young career. In February, the 20-year-old averaged 18.6 points (54.5 percent shooting from the field and 52.2 percent from the three-point line), 5.2 rebounds, and 5.6 assists in 33.7 minutes. With Lonzo Ball missing significant time with a knee injury, Ingram was the team’s point forward and found a nice balance between when to score or facilitate.
For the Lakers, they will look to improve on their five-game winning streak as they host the Portland Trail Blazers at the Staples Center. With both teams undefeated since the All-Star break, it will be interesting to see if the Lakers can come together once again and defeat the third-best team in the Western Conference.