Lakers news: Kyle Kuzma (ankle) questionable to play vs. Mavs
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Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma (ankle) questionable to play vs. Mavs

Kyle Kuzma, Lakers

Los Angeles Lakers small forward Kyle Kuzma didn’t practice on Saturday and is questionable to play against the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday.

Kuzma is day-to-day after suffering a mild ankle sprain against the Washington Wizards on Friday. X-rays on his ankle returned negative, according to Lakers head coach Frank Vogel.

The Lakers have the best record in the NBA at 17-2. They have won 10 games in a row.

In 15 games this season for the Lakers, Kuzma is averaging 11.7 points and 3.6 rebounds. He’s shooting 45.8 percent from the field, 35.7 percent from beyond the arc and 77.8 percent from the free-throw line.

With Anthony Davis on the squad next to LeBron James, Kuzma continues to search for his fit on this year’s Lakers team. The talented swingman has scored 10 or fewer points in eight of the 15 games he’s played this season. In 70 games last season, Kuzma scored 10 or fewer points just seven times.

The Lakers ideally want Kuzma to be the third option on offense behind LeBron and Davis. Both superstars are putting up stellar numbers for the Purple and Gold. James is averaging 25.7 points, 7.1 rebounds and 11.0 assists, while AD is putting up 26.1 points, 9.2 rebounds and 3.5 assists.

With LeBron and Davis leading the charge, the Lakers are in prime position to win the title this season. However, they will also need Kuzma to step up his game and find the scoring rhythm he was in last season.