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Kyle Goon: LeBron James is OUT tomorrow against the Suns. Kyle Kuzma did not practice and is QUESTIONABLE.

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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.”
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: 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.
Andy Larsen: Kyle Kuzma and Lonzo Ball are both questionable for tomorrow’s game against the Jazz. Ingram still out. Brook Lopez probable.
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."
Ohm Youngmisuk: Kyle Kuzma (ankle) is out Isaiah Thomas will start his first game for the Lakers alongside Lonzo Ball.
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.
Mark Medina: Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma participated in team workout/walk trough today while Josh Hart & PJ Dozier received treatment.
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