On the first play of the Lakers’ game against Memphis on Sunday, Brandon Ingram drove to the basket, his face contorted with intensity and aggression — the kind he didn’t always have early in the season.
Ingram didn’t get to finish the game, but he made his mark at the start.
“I felt great being out there,” Ingram said. “Of course, when you’re going through the motions like that you really don’t think about the injury. ... Think I’m almost back to 100%. I was definitely anxious to get back out there.”
Ingram sat out three games because of knee tendinitis. Had the Lakers been in a playoff push, Ingram might have played. As their offseason means more than the remainder of...