The Los Angeles Lakers’ los 2018-19 season has found a way to get worse. With LeBron James minutes getting monitored down the stretch and Lonzo Ball potentially missing the remainder of the year due to an ankle injury, the team announced that it has decided to completely shut down a member of its young core.
According to the Lakers’ official Twitter account, Brandon Ingram’s season has come to an end due to a shoulder injury. The high-scoring wing has missed the last two games due to a shoulder problem, and on Saturday, it was announced that he’s dealing with a Deep Venous Thrombosis in his arm.
Ingram appeared in 52 games for Los Angeles this season, averaging a career-high 18.3 points per game on 49.7 percent shooting from the field. He looked especially dangerous after the Lakers returned from the All-Star Break averaging 27.8 points per game in six contests after the league hit pause on the season in February.
Los Angeles has to make up a 6.5 game deficit between now and the end of the year if it wants to make the playoffs as the eight seed, and seeing as how that is awfully hard to do with 17 games left, having an eye on next season makes sense. Even if that is the case, though, hopefully this ailment isn’t something that impacts Ingram beyond this season, and he’ll be able to return in 2019-20 better than ever.