The Los Angles Lakers will be without their top rookie Brandon Ingram Tuesday night as they face the Washington Wizards. Ingram will miss only his second game of the season as he deals with a nagging injury to his right knee.
Luke Walton said that if the team was in the playoff chase that Ingram would play but he has to do what’s best for the team considering the position they’re in now. That’s understandable.
Ingram has come on as late with scoring averages of 13.5 points on 51.7 percent shooting to go along with 4 rebounds in March. This is the production the Lakers were expecting early on but with most rookies it just takes a little time to get adjusted to the speed of the NBA.
With Ingram out, the Lakers will look to veteran player Corey Brewer to provide offense against a tough defensive Wizards team that has won 3 in a row. Can Brewer, who’s known for his defense be able to shut down Otto Porter who’s making a name for himself as a great two-way player in the league?
The Lakers may also call upon Swaggy P to provide some offense off the bench with his perimeter game but Walton should look to use more of Larry Nance Jr to offset the size and rebounding ability of Potter.
The Lakers may be out of the playoff chase this year but the team has still played with plenty of heart and emotion. As the season winds down they will look to gather whatever they can from their young nucleus as they will head into the offseason with many question marks.