Nothing was easy about
It was a “welcome to the
"I'm in the NBA now," Ingram said. "Guarding a lot of guys, there's a lot of different guys in this league so it's not a surprise anymore, it's just going out there and trying to compete."
Ingram started in place of
The Lakers could be without starting shooting guard
"We're getting hit by the injury bug," Young said. "Miss my man Russell out there, and Randle. We needed those guys tonight."
Russell had a platelet-rich plasma injection in his left knee, a procedure by which a patient's own blood is spun so that it is concentrated with platelets, and then is injected back into an injured area. It is used to help heal tendon, ligament, cartilage and bone injuries.
In Russell’s absence, the Lakers have been starting veteran point guard Jose Calderon. That served as another example of Lakers Coach
Walton also shied from breaking them up earlier this month when
That trend changed Wednesday. When the Lakers met pregame to discuss their plans against the Warriors, Ingram was told he would be starting.
"We were still out there on the court together but it was definitely different getting in the lineup with the different guys," Nance said. "With some of the injuries we've had, we're going to have to get used to it."
It could also mean more opportunity for Ingram, whom Walton is easing into the starting lineup. In his first start, the second overall pick scored 16 points and had three rebounds.
"I think he was good," Walton said. "He was aggressive. They had Draymond guarding him and early in the game, Draymond forced a couple turnovers. He kind of settled into the game after that and he looked good."
It wasn't an easy game for any of the Lakers, as they lost by 43 points. It did, however, offer a brief glimpse at one player's future.
UP NEXT FOR THE LAKERS
VS. GOLDEN STATE
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday.
On the air: TV: Spectrum SportsNet, Spectrum Deportes; Radio: 710, 1330.
Record vs. Warriors: 1-1
Update: The emotional firsts are out of the way and now the Lakers will have a chance at a little bit of redemption after a rough second meeting this season. While the Lakers blew out the Warriors in their first meeting at Staples Center, the Warriors throttled the Lakers, 149-106, on Wednesday. Walton said for evaluation purposes, that game should be thrown into the trash. He also told his team the great thing about the NBA is they'd have a chance to recover in two days.