Lakers' Kuzma (ankle) won't play against Nuggets

NBA.com Global on Mar 06, 2019 07:36 AM
Lakers' Kuzma (ankle) won't play against Nuggets
Los Angeles Lakers' Kyle Kuzma (0) is lifted by teammates after going down with an injury against the Los Angeles Clippers during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, March 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

NBA.com staff report

The Los Angeles Lakers will be shorthanded for their next game in their uphill climb to get back in the Western Conference playoff chase.

Forward Kyle Kuzma is out for Wednesday's (Thursday, PHL time) home game against the Denver Nuggets because of a right ankle sprain he suffered in Monday's (Tuesday, PHL time) loss to the LA Clippers.

Additionally, Kuzma will have an precautionary MRI to see if any further damage was done to the ankle.

Aside from being without Kuzma, the Lakers have also listed Brandon Ingram (shoulder soreness), Tyson Chandler (neck stiffness) and Lance Stephenson (toe sprain) as questionable vs. Denver as well.

Kuzma scored 13 points against the Clippers before limping off the floor with an apparent ankle injury with 6:04 to play. After the game, coach Luke Walton said he "would be surprised" if Kuzma's injury doesn't force him to miss the Lakers' next game.

Kuzma is the Lakers' No. 2 scorer, averaging 18.8 points per game as well as 5.6 rebounds per game and 2.5 assists per game.

The 113-105 loss to the crosstown LA Clippers dropped the Lakers to 30-34, putting them 5.5 games behind the No. 8-seeded San Antonio Spurs. Overall, the Lakers have gone 3-9 since LeBron James returned to the lineup on Jan. 31 (Feb. 1, PHL time).

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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