Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram will be out at least one week with a left groin strain, according to the team. Ingram was injured in Thursday’s win against the Miami Heat and received an MRI on Sunday after returning to LA from the team’s road trip.
Ingram missed Saturday’s win against the San Antonio Spurs and is likely to at least miss games against the Trail Blazers, Magic, and Nuggets. In the best case scenario, Ingram will return for a matchup against the Cavaliers next Sunday.
The Duke product has been an integral part of the Lakers success this season, averaging 16.2 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 3.9 assists per game in his sophomore season. His growth as a playmaker was an important factor in the Lakers’ success in recent weeks despite Lonzo Ball’s own absence due to injury.
The Lakers are currently short on wings with rookie Josh Hart injured and Corey Brewer recently waived. Kyle Kuzma started Saturday’s game against the Spurs at the small forward position and head coach Luke Walton went to unusually big and unusually small lineups to manage the team.
The Lakers still have one open roster spot despite recently signing Travis Wear to a 10-day contract. The team may look to add another wing to its rotation using a similar strategy.