The injury-ravaged Lakers are likely to be without Kyle Kuzma when they face the Nuggets on Wednesday.
Kuzma rolled his ankle in a 113-105 loss to the Clippers on Monday.
The forward’s X-rays came back negative, but coach Luke Walton doesn’t expect him to be ready for the Nuggets game.
There was more positive news on Brandon Ingram, who is in line to make his return from a shoulder injury as the struggling Lakers attempt to snap a three-match losing streak that has all but ended their bid to make the playoffs.
Lance Stephenson (toe), Tyson Chandler (neck) and Lonzo Ball (ankle) have been sidelined along with Ingram, and Walton says injuries have taken a toll.
Although the team’s mindset was in the right place, Luke feels missed opportunities and injuries took their toll. pic.twitter.com/hW06tBA7Kg
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) March 5, 2019
“The injuries are catching up a bit,” Walton said. “I thought the mindset we asked for with the way we want to compete was there [Monday against the Clippers], but between being down the type of bodies that we’ve been down, I think it felt like that in the second half we missed a lot of those wide-open shots.
“That just kind of deflated some of the energy out of us and then in the third quarter they put up 30 points on us. It felt like we’d come to fight back, then we’d miss a couple of open shots and that was how the game was going.
“But that’s a good [Clippers] team in the top eight places for a reason. They made plays down the stretch and you’ve got to give them credit.”
Walton said of the Lakers’ playoff hopes: “We are still not mathematically out of it, I know it’s a long shot but we are going to come in and work.”