Wednesday's game against San Antonio Spurs started innocently enough. Los Angeles Lakers looked like the better team and seemed on…
Wednesday’s game against San Antonio Spurs started innocently enough. Los Angeles Lakers looked like the better team and seemed on their way to at least a fairly solid win. Then Brandon Ingram went up for a fadeaway mid-range jumper, LaMarcus Aldridge took an extra step and Ingram finished the game that holds his ankle.
The good news: Ingram had X-rays done and they came back negative for any kind of crack.
The bad news: The ban was bad enough to be ruled out for the rest of the game and maybe missing time. How much time remains to be seen, but given how fast he was ruled out Wednesday night, it’s hard to see him be available for Friday’s rematch in San Antonio.
After all, the Lakers managed to get away with a 1
21-113 victory behind a monster effort from LeBron James and with a certain amount of time to push down the stretch. James finished 42 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists.
It was not easy. As if losing Ingram was not enough, the judges chose to give some more help to the visitors group. In what felt like 30 seconds, Josh Hart raised three mistakes and Kyle Kuzma picked up a pair of herself and left the Lakers plain thin throughout their rotation. The rest of the game was badly official for both sides and never had any flow to it.
Another thing that has no rhythm on Wednesday night and then has been the Lakers free throw shot. Good God. They are free, you. The word “free” is just there in the name.
Still, given how the game was playing, it’s good that the Lakers have a superstar now. He did everything he could to keep the Lakers in the game and then took over late. The fact that the Lakers missed about 57 open three-year newspapers did not make it easy, but a pair of coupling strips from Hart – and a little licking from Kyle Kuzma – gave James enough support to pull out the win at the end.
The Lakers and Spurs will both fly to San Antonio for their fourth and last match against each other this season on Friday night. Tip-off for it’s 5:30 PM, PST and can be seen on Spectrum SportsNet.