Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma questionable for Friday’s game with Knicks after MRI

first_img How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs The latest Laker injury in a frustratingly long string might not be so serious.After an MRI on Thursday morning, the Lakers confirmed that Kyle Kuzma has a lower back contusion, and he’ll be questionable to play on Friday night at home against the New York Knicks.Kuzma exited in the second quarter of Wednesday’s 107-100 loss to Oklahoma City and did not return. Coach Luke Walton said the staff saw him limping on the court, and though Kuzma tried to play through it, eventually he was unable. Kuzma was seen moving gingerly before taking a seat on a cart in the tunnel of Staples Center after the game.Related Articles Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed For a team that has played four games without LeBron James (strained groin), Kuzma is a needed weapon. The second-year forward has been the second-leading scorer on the team this season (18.3 ppg) while adding 5.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game as a starter. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe 23-year-old has been one of the more durable Lakers to this point in the season: He’s one of only four players on the team to play in all 38 games so far.Aside from James, the Lakers are also expected to be without Rajon Rondo (sprained finger) and Michael Beasley (bereavement). Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions last_img read more