Storyline: Brandon Ingram Injury

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Brandon Ingram said the next step to returning is to go on the court and ramp it up with the team. The next practice for the Lakers likely is early next week in New Orleans after they play in Indiana on Monday. “He obviously is coming with us on the road trip,” Luke Walton said. “I wouldn’t be surprised if he plays on the road trip. He is feeling much better he says. But we are going to keep being patient with him and make sure that he goes through all the proper channels before we throw him back out there.”

Brandon Ingram suffered a sprained left ankle in the first quarter and after re-taping it, tried to return in the second. He played three minutes before returning to the locker room for a second time, which prompted the Lakers to rule him out for the remainder of the game. The injury put a damper on what was an excellent start for Ingram who had four points, six rebounds, and five assists before being kept out. After the game, Luke Walton gave an update on Ingram, calling him day-to-day for the time being, via the team’s Twitter account: “Mild ankle sprain, it’s day-to-day. I think they took him back to get some X-rays, I don’t know that part of it. But he’s day-to-day right now.”

Brandon Ingram (right quad contusion and left quad tendinitis) says he has been relatively injury free and is learning to play through pain. He is listed as questionable tomorrow but all signs point to him returning. “He looked really good,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. “I almost [jokingly] fined him for looking so good today for not playing last night but he was running around the court. We didn’t do a ton today… the running that he did do, we had some 5-on-0, he had some explosions down the lane where he said he felt good.”

The Lakers obviously would have to stay healthy. They appeared to have avoided such a scare with Ingram, who missed the final 7:39 after rolling his left ankle. Ingram returned after having his ankle taped, but he still sat with the Lakers’ nursing a double-digit lead. Ingram walked afterward without limping, though his status for Sunday’s game in Minnesota remains uncertain. “I’ll see how it feels in the morning,” Ingram said. “But I feel great right now.”

The Lakers diagnosed Brandon Ingram with tendinitis in his right knee, though an MRI revealed no structural damage. The Lakers listed Ingram as probable for today’s game against Oklahoma City. He completed a full-contact practice on Saturday without any restrictions. Ingram also provided a positive report on his ability to run up and down the court and make hard cuts. “I’ll come back to shoot around and see how I feel after that,” said Ingram, who played only four minutes in Friday’s game against Utah. “If I feel good to play, I’ll play.”
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