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Lakers’ Brandon Ingram ruled out with knee soreness

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Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram will sit out the remainder of Friday night’s game against the Utah Jazz with a sore right knee after being evaluated at halftime. Ingram played just four minutes in the first half, making one of his two shots, finishing the night with an empty box score outside of his two points.

In his first game with Los Angeles on Wednesday night, he came off the bench to score nine points and grab three rebounds in 24 minutes against the Houston Rockets.

Ingram is the fruits of the 2015-16 Lakers’ season, as the No. 2 selection that was used to take him, came from the 17-65 record the team posted. After just one season at Duke, the 6’9″ native of Kingston, North Carolina, is being brought along in head coach Luke Walton’s first season at the helm in Hollywood.

A top-5 high school basketball recruit, Ingram stayed in-state and spent his lone collegiate season at Duke. He would play in 36 games, averaging just under 35 minutes per game, becoming an indispensable piece of the Blue Devils on both ends of the floor, posting 17.3 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks per game. He would win ACC Rookie of the Year, while also being named Second-team All-ACC and an AP Honorable mention All-American.

Despite the crowded depth chart the Lakers have for the 2016-17 season, Ingram is undoubtedly the focal point, alongside point guard D’Angelo Russell and power forward Julius Randle, the trio represent the immediate future for the Lakers. For now, Ingram will come off the bench while Luol Deng handles the starting duties at the small forward position.

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