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At 20 years old, one would not think Brandon Ingram would be suffering from tired legs.
However, the rugged NBA schedule eats away at the stamina of even the youngest and strongest of men, including the 6-foot-9, 190-pound Lakers forward.
In his second season in the league, Ingram has missed the Lakers’ last two games, sitting out Saturday against Portland and Monday versus Minnesota because of injuries to both quadriceps, incurred during LA’s road trip to Houston and Golden State.
However, Ingram, who is averaging 16.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game in 34.8 minutes through 30 games, is champing at the bit to return, which he hopes to do Wednesday night against Memphis.
The Lakers stand 11-21 headed into tonight’s game against the Grizzlies, being saddled with a three-game losing streak.
“I feel great. I feel fine,” Ingram told reporters after practice Tuesday. “We ran through a few things today, where we could go through a few plays, get some shots up and I felt fine.”
And the thought of missing anymore time?
“No, I can’t sit anymore,” Ingram said.
The final step for Ingram returning will be how his legs feel at shootaround Wednesday. If his legs are up to it, he’ll be good to go, according to Lakers coach Luke Walton.
“(He) looked really good,” Walton said Tuesday. “I almost silly-fined him for looking so good today for not playing last night, but he was running around the court.”
Ingram is not used to being out of the lineup. The Duke product played in 79 of 82 games as a rookie a year ago and the two games he just missed are the first he’s sat out after playing in the Lakers’ first 30 games this season.
“I just try to listen to my body,” Ingram said. “I try to listen to my trainers and see what they have for me and just go through it.”
Saying that, Ingram has one thought as the calendar is about to flip from 2017 to 2018.
“Some fresh legs,” he said. “Thinking November was a really, really, really good month for me.
“And I just want to try to get back to that speed of the game, and just be more effective.”