Lakers Injury News: Luke Walton “hopeful” Brandon Ingram will return Wednesday

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Dec 20, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram (14) drives to the basket against Houston Rockets center Nene (42) during the fourth quarter against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram has missed two straight games for precautionary reasons as he rests his quads. The Lakers went 0-2 against the Blazers and the Wolves on Christmas without one of their top shot creators and makers.

However, Ingram could be returning to the lineup soon. After practice on Tuesday, head coach Luke Walton gave an update on the sophomore’s situation:

This is great news for the Lakers who are already missing two other starters due to injury. Lonzo Ball is out at least this week with a shoulder sprain while Brook Lopez is nursing a sprained ankle for at least two more weeks.

Rookie Josh Hart started for Ingram the past two games, averaging 11.5 points and eight rebounds per game.

Ingram has had a breakout year in his second season in the NBA. The Duke product is averaging 16 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 3.3 assists per game while shooting 44.7 percent from the field and 34 percent from three.

Ingram’s absence was especially felt on Monday without Ball as the Lakers lacked playmaking without their two leading ball-handlers. His addition to the lineup could alleviate some of those issues while bolstering the strong bench unit once again.

The Lakers host the Grizzlies on Wednesday, hoping to break a three-game losing steak.

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