Lakers Injury News: Kyle Kuzma Questionable Vs. Warriors With Right Ankle Sprain
Kyle Kuzma, Lakers
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers announced Kyle Kuzma underwent X-rays on his right ankle, which came back negative, but the rookie forward is considered questionable for Wednesday’s matchup with the Golden State Warriors. The game is a second of a back-to-back for the Lakers.

En route to scoring 24 of his 26 points in the second half against the Denver Nuggets, Kuzma rolled his right ankle on a shot attempt at the end of the third quarter. He was re-taped in the locker room, returned, was hobbled but effective.

Kuzma made three consecutive shots, including back-to-back 3-pointers to help the Lakers gain control in the fourth quarter. That was after scoring 16 points in the third. Kuzma played the entire quarter and Lakers head coach Luke Walton said he was due for rest regardless of the injury.

Upon returning to the bench, Kuzma was in his coach’s ear about being put back in the game. “I thought his competitive spirit was great all night,” Walton said.

“He couldn’t get a shot to go for him in the first half, until that last 0.9 shot (before halftime). I don’t care about that. It’s about him playing a certain way, and the last couple games he’s really done a nice job of giving everything he has to the game.

“He’s such a good scorer, eventually he’ll find his groove. And he did tonight for us. Showed a lot of toughness. We put him back in eventually and he helped us close out that game.”

The Lakers were visited by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson on Tuesday afternoon, which Walton pointed to as a possible influence for Kuzma. “Maybe it was The Rock that motivated him to fight through that injury like that,” he joked.

“Kuz was a big wrestling fan, so maybe he used his inner DJ to play through that pain.”

Kuzma walked out of the locker room with a noticeable limp, suggesting he won’t play. While the Lakers may find themselves without Josh Hart, Brandon Ingram and Kuzma, the Golden State Warriors will not have Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, David West and Patrick McCaw.

Klay Thompson is considered questionable, while Andre Iguodala and Jordan Bell are probable.

You May Also Like

Lakers News: The Shop Releases Clip With LeBron James And Bugs Bunny Ahead Of Space Jam 2

Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James is taking full advantage of his connections to Hollywood…

Times Are Tough for the Lakers in the Big Easy

The Lakers are in trouble. Kind of. The Hornets are a team…

Danny Green Believes Lakers Will ‘Bring Everybody Back’ In Free Agency

The Los Angeles Lakers impressed with the depth of their roster, which proved to be one of the key elements of…

Lakers News: Giannis Antetokounmpo Did Not Work Out With LeBron James To Avoid Potentially Being Exploited

Since LeBron James is 33-years-old and in his 16th season, Giannis Antetokounmpo is among a select few determined to…