With two games left in the Los Angeles Lakers’ 2017-18 season, there is still a chance that the Staples Center faithful could see Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram suit up again this season.
Both players have missed substantial time due to injury. Ball has missed the last six games with a bruised knee, a separate injury from the knee ailment that cost him a good chunk of the middle of the season. If Ball does not play again this season, he will have averaged 10.2 PPG, 7.2 APG, and 6.9 RPG in 52 games.
Ingram, on the other hand, has missed the past five contests due to a concussion. In 59 games this season, Ingram has tallied 16.1 PPG and 5.3 RPG.
Both players serve as the core of this young Lakers team, which exceeded expectations by building on last season. Ingram took a significant jump this season, and other rookies, like Kyle Kuzma and Josh Hart, have been better than advertised.
"They are actively coming in every day and doing their treatments and getting their work in," head coach Luke Walton told the LA Times. "Then … decision-wise [those are] decisions we'd make together.”
Although Walton has not ruled out either player from the final two games, coming against the Houston Rockets and LA Clippers, the LA Times reports that the head coach is reluctant to put players in a game situation when they have not practiced. Currently, there are no practices scheduled for the remainder of the season.
Through 80 games, the Lakers have amassed a 34-46 record. They will finish the year in 11th place in the Western Conference.
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