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Lakers’ Brandon Ingram now upgraded to day-to-day

Brandon Ingram, Lakers

Los Angels Lakers forward Brandon Ingram had his ankle re-evaluated on Saturday and is being ruled day-to-day, according to Tania Ganguli of The Los Angeles Times. He will not join the Lakers on their road trip.

Ingram injured his ankle in the first quarter of his team’s win over the San Antonio Spurs back on Dec. 5 and has missed five straight games as a result.

In 20 games this season, Ingram is averaging 15.2 points, four rebounds, and 2.2 assists over 30.8 minutes a night while shooting 47 percent from the floor, 32.4 percent from three-point range, and a dreadful 62.6 percent from the free-throw line.

The 21-year-old has been a bit of a disappointment thus far, failing to take a step forward after a solid sophomore campaign and actually taking a bit of a step back thus far.

Of course, Brandon Ingram still has to become accustomed to playing with LeBron James and an entirely new cast of teammates, so it is entirely possible that he will turn things up once he gets acclimated.

Ingram, who played his collegiate basketball at Duke University, was originally selected by the Lakers with the second overall pick of the 2016 NBA Draft.

He had a rather underwhelming rookie season, registering just 9.4 points, four boards, and 2.1 assists across 28.8 minutes per game while making 40.2 percent of his field-goal attempts, 29.4 percent of his long-range tries, and 62.1 percent of his foul shots.

The Kinston, N.C. native then had a nice sophomore year, posting 16.1 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 3.9 assists a contest. He also shot 47 percent from the field and 39 percent from downtown.

The Lakers now own a record of 18-11 after their Saturday night win over the Charlotte Hornets.