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Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma to ramp up minutes vs. Bulls

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Los Angeles Lakers small forward Kyle Kuzma will see more minutes on Tuesday against the Chicago Bulls.

Kuzma, who missed the first four games of the season, played 18:44 in his season debut against the Dallas Mavericks and followed that up with 15:59 versus the San Antonio Spurs:

“To me, it’s not so much what his limitations are. It’s really about rhythm and timing and conditioning, for me, in terms of what his minutes end up being. But he’s allowed to play 26 now,” Lakers head coach Frank Vogel said, via Eric Woodyard of ESPN.

“I haven’t really practiced, just kind of been in the games and just trying to learn and get my rhythm from there,” Kuzma said. “But it’s a process, and I’ve kind of been treating this road trip with the first couple games as kind of my preseason.”

The Lakers are 5-1 on the season. They will look for their sixth straight win on Tuesday.

Last season for the Lakers, Kuzma averaged 18.7 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists while shooting 45.6 percent from the field, 30.3 percent from beyond the arc and 75.2 percent from the free-throw line.

LA is expecting Kuzma to be the third option on offense behind superstars LeBron James and Anthony Davis once his rhythm returns.