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Lakers coach Frank Vogel downplays Kyle Kuzma’s eye injury, says it’s an eye abrasion

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Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma suffered an eye abrasion in their win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday which forced him to leave the game and never return.

After the contest, Lakers head coach Frank Vogel shared that Kuzma was actually available to play but he opted to sit him out.

Below is the video of the incident:

Kuzma just played nine minutes and chipped in five points before exiting the game. The Lakers have yet to share Kuzma’s status and timeline, but they are expected to be extra cautious in dealing with the situation.

After all, Kuzma averages 14.0 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. He also shoots 45.2 percent from the field and 32.7 percent from deep. He’s known to be a shotmaker and possesses a play style that is perfect for an offense run by LeBron James.

With their win over the Thunder, the Purple and Gold have extended their winning streak to five games. They hold the best record in the league with 12-2. In the West, they’re just a game ahead of the Houston Rockets who sport an 11-3 record.

So far, the Lakers are meeting all the expectations imposed on them in the summer.

With James and Anthony Davis surrounded by a host of veterans who knows how to win, they now are operating at an elite level. Kuzma, in just his third year in the league, is also quickly expanding his knowledge of the game.

It’s still early in the year but we can all safely say that the Lakers are back in the title hunt.