Kyle Goon: LeBron James is OUT tomorrow against the Suns. Kyle Kuzma did not practice and is QUESTIONABLE.
Lakers coach Luke Walton noticed how Kyle Kuzma’s body movement looked restricted and removed his young forward to determine how much longer Kuzma could be effective against the physical play of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Kuzma acknowledged after Thursday night’s game that he’s been “dealing with a little hip strain” for the past week that has impeded his motion. He rejected thoughts of resting because the Lakers have been shorthanded and he figured he could play through the pain. “I just don’t like to sit out games,” said Kuzma, who hopes to play Sunday against the Phoenix Suns at Staples Center. “But it’s a little give and take. I’m a little hard-headed sometimes, but I gotta see what’s right and what’s wrong.”
None of that mattered to Walton when he saw that Kuzma “didn’t look right.” Walton first pulled Kuzma after he played 4 minutes and 26 seconds to start Thursday’s third quarter. Kuzma returned with 10:39 left in the fourth and wound up playing 28:08, five minutes below his season average. He missed eight of 12 shots, including all four three-pointers, and finished with 10 points. “He didn’t look like he was moving right,” Walton said Thursday night. “He truly loves to compete. I felt like my gut was that he wasn’t able to do what he wanted to do. Now he said he felt fine and he could play, but he didn’t look like his normal self.”
Ryan Ward: Kyle Kuzma (back) will return tonight for the #Lakers when they take on the #Mavs on the road. #Lakers
Ohm Youngmisuk: A positive sign for the Lakers: Kyle Kuzma (lower back contusion) will travel with the team today and is listed as questionable to play against Minnesota.
Dave McMenamin: Kyle Kuzma did not participate in shootaround but used the time to get treatment on his back. He’ll be at the game tonight and is considered questionable to play. Also, Michael Beasley returned to the team today.
Tania Ganguli: Kyle Kuzma will get an MRI in the morning for the contusion on his low back. He got hit at some point in the game and played with it for a bit.
Ryan Ward: For the #Lakers season finale against the #Clippers tonight, Lonzo Ball (knee) and Brandon Ingram (concussion protocol) have been ruled OUT. Kyle Kuzma (ankle) is questionable
Ohm Youngmisuk: On the likelihood that Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma will not play in the season finale tomorrow night, Luke Walton says their seasons are very likely over as the Lakers play it safe.
Ohm Youngmisuk: Lonzo Ball (knee), Kyle Kuzma (ankle) and Brandon Ingram (concussion) are out tonight against Houston. Ingram will be re-evaluated tonight but even if cleared, he very well could sit out tomorrow's finale since it's a back-to-back.
Mike Bresnahan: Kyle Kuzma (sprained ankle) will not play tonight. Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram are still out. Ingram being evaluated again tonight for concussion symptoms, though unlikely to play tomorrow in finale even if he’s declared to be free from concussion protocol.
Andy Larsen: Kyle Kuzma and Lonzo Ball are both questionable for tomorrow’s game against the Jazz. Ingram still out. Brook Lopez probable.
Ryan Ward: Kyle Kuzma (ankle) on if he might get shut down for the season: "I don't know...I'm the worst person to ask that question. I don't know. It's that point in the season where there's 3 games left. It is what it is. It's up to them at the end of the day." #Lakers
Ohm Youngmisuk: Kyle Kuzma's ankles are beat up. He was already playing through a sprained right ankle that has bothered him since college last year and now he has a mild left ankle sprain. With three games remaining in the season, Kuzma may have to rest his ankles although he typically tries to play through injuries. "I tried to move and push around [on the left ankle in the third quarter] but it is kind of hard to move around on two flat tires," Kuzma said about trying to play through the latest ankle injury in the third quarter before being ruled out of the game. "My body feels great. At the end of the day, it is just my ankles. I can't tell you anything right now [about playing in the final three games]... [this latest ankle injury is] just really throbbing. [It's] a little different than my last one. My last one was an inside sprain. This is an outside sprain."
Mike Trudell: Brandon Ingram (left groin strain) is out for Monday’s game at IND. The next game isn’t until Thursday at NOP; ideally, Ingram can practice w/contact between games, which is the next step. Meanwhile: Lopez (back tightness) and Kuzma (sprained ankle) are probable at IND.
Ohm Youngmisuk: Kyle Kuzma (ankle) is out Isaiah Thomas will start his first game for the Lakers alongside Lonzo Ball.
Ohm Youngmisuk: Kyle Kuzma had an X-ray on his right index finger, which he jammed on a fall, and results were negative. Kuzma says he will be fine.
Ryan Ward: Luke Walton on Kyle Kuzma: “His hand was hurting” Said he “took him out” because of his defense, however #Lakers
Ohm Youngmisuk: Kyle Kuzma (back spasms) is "good to go" against the Nuggets according to Luke Walton.
Kuzma felt better Thursday morning, but the Lakers gave him an MRI exam as a precaution. The exam was negative and Kuzma is day to day because of the tightness in his back. He is questionable for Saturday’s game against the Denver Nuggets.
July 25, 2021 | 7:20 pm EDT Update
NBA Central: Adrian Wojnarowski expects a ‘big market’ for Kyle Lowry “You’re talking potentially $25 million-$30 million a year for Kyle Lowry, it’s going to be expensive to get at him in free agency or sign-and-trade.”
Taylor Rooks: 🔥 Tyler Herro joins Jack Harlow on stage for Tyler Herro — Rolling Loud pic.twitter.com/yTFRy3npD0
Harrison Wind: Nuggets are holding another pre-draft workout Monday. Projected second round picks and potential two-way or Summer League fliers. – JT Thor (Auburn) – Scottie Lewis (Florida) – Juhann Begarin (France) – Feron Hunt (SMU) – Jalen Tate (Arkansas) – Ibi Watson (Dayton)
July 25, 2021 | 5:22 pm EDT Update
Ryan Ward: Team USA Basketball remains the favorite to win gold in Tokyo after today’s loss to France, according to @SportsBettingAG : USA -300, Australia +800, Spain +900, France +1100, Slovenia +1800, Italy +2500, Argentina +3300, Nigeria +4000
For something like a partial ACL tear, diagnosing that was important. What are the differences between knee sprains that affect the ACL ligament? DR. NGUYEN: So the grading scale is more of a guideline. Grade ones and grade threes are relatively straightforward in terms of treatment. The grade ones, usually non-operative, the grade threes are typically operative for elite athletes. Basketball players and soccer players, football players, are required to do a lot of cutting and pivoting.