The Wednesday night's game against the San Antonio Spurs began innocently. The Los Angeles Lakers looked like the better team and at least seemed to be on the way to a pretty solid victory. Then Brandon Ingram went to a fadeaway mid-range jumper, LaMarcus Aldridge took an extra step and Ingram finished the play with his ankle.
The good news: Ingram had taken x-rays and they were negative for any kind of breakage.
The bad news: The sprain was so bad that it was ruled out for the rest of the game and possibly missed time. How much time remains to be seen, but given how quickly he was ruled out on Wednesday night, it's hard to see that he'll be available for the rematch on Friday in San Antonio.
Despite all this, the Lakers managed a 1
It was not easy. As if it were not enough to lose Ingram, the referees decided to help the visiting team a little bit more. In 30 seconds, Josh Hart had three fouls and Kyle Kuzma himself a pair, leaving the Lakers insanely thin during their rotation. The rest of the game was poorly officiated on both sides and never really had a real flow.
Another thing that has no rhythm is Wednesday night, and lately the Lakers have been shooting. Good Lord you are free, you guys. The word "free" is correct in the name.
Still, it's a good thing that the Lakers have a superstar for the game. He did everything he could to keep the Lakers in the game and took over later. That the Lakers missed out on some 57 open threes early on did not help, but a couple of Hart tricks – and some smooth passages from Kyle Kuzma – backed James enough to eventually win.
The Lakers and Spurs will fly to San Antonio for the fourth and final game of the season on Friday night. The start is at 17.30 (PST) and can be viewed in the Spectrum SportsNet.