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Lakers rising star Kyle Kuzma out vs. Celtics

The Los Angeles Lakers will be without small forward Kyle Kuzma against the Boston Celtics on Saturday.

Kuzma still hasn’t recovered from the right ankle sprain he suffered against the LA Clippers on March 4.

The Lakers are 6.5 games back of the San Antonio Spurs for the eighth spot in the Western Conference playoff standings. Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball are done for the season, while LeBron James’ minutes are going to be cut down as well.

Los Angeles should probably just shut down Kyle Kuzma too since the season is pretty much over.

In 60 games this season for the Lakers, Kuzma is averaging 18.8 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.5 assists. The swingman is shooting 46.5 percent from the field, 31.2 percent from beyond the arc and 76.1 percent from the free-throw line.

A couple of weeks ago, Kuzma said he was confident the Lakers were going to make the playoffs. Barring a miracle, it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen for the Purple and Gold this season.

When LeBron James signed with Los Angeles last summer, no one thought LA would miss the postseason. But James’ groin injury on Christmas Day against the Golden State Warriors, which cost him 17 games, was the beginning of the end for the Lakers.