It seems like the Los Angeles Lakers can’t catch a break in the past several weeks. They are not just in real danger of missing the playoffs after three straight losses but have now also lost one of their key players. The team announced that forward Kyle Kuzma, who is currently the Lakers’ second-leading scorer with 18.8 points per game, is out with an ankle sprain and could miss one week.
Kuzma sprained his ankle during Monday’s 113-105 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers when he took a drive to the basket and rolled his ankle before limping off the floor.
Lakers have already been struggling with injuries even before Kuzma got hurt, as they are without their starting point guard Lonzo Ball since mid-January. Brandon Ingram, Tyson Chandler, and Lance Stephenson are also nursing minor injuries and might not play this week.
Kyle Kuzma proved crucial for the Los Angeles Lakers this season, taking over the scoring load when the team’s leading star LeBron James was out with an injury. Kuzma, who was a late second round pick in 2017, played 60 games this season and is currently averaging career highs in points (18.8), field goal percentage (46.5 percent),) and assists (2.5) while also getting 5.6 boards per game.