Kyle Kuzma pours in 31 points as short-handed Lakers lose to Timberwolves on Christmas – Orange County Register

LOS ANGELES – Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball were both in black, dressed more appropriately for a funeral than the scheduled coming out party for one of the NBA’s brightest young teams.

Ingram was out with quad injuries. The player tasked with putting the franchise on his back, Ball, was sidelined – appropriately enough – by a sprained left shoulder.

That left Kyle Kuzma as the last standing member of a baby big three, the lone representative of the lofty ambitions set forth by Magic Johnson and the Lakers. The Lakers lost their Christmas matchup to a Minnesota Timberwolves team playing at strength, 121-104, but it provided yet another opportunity for Kuzma to shine.

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