Deng (wrist) was unable to practice on Wednesday and is listed as questionable for Friday's game against the Pacers, Mark Medina of Los Angeles Daily News reports.
The Lakers also practice on Thursday, so there's still a chance Deng is able to take part in a team session ahead of Friday's contest with the Pacers. That said, his absence from Wednesday's practice doesn't bode well for his eventual availability and with the Lakers originally listing him as out indefinitely, there's still some concerns over a multi-game absence. If Deng is eventually ruled out, Brandon Ingram would likely pick up another start in his place.
Ingram produced 15 points (6-14 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 1-2 FT) five rebounds, four assists and three steals in 37 minutes during Tuesday's 127-121 loss to the Nuggets.
Starting for Luol Deng, who is out indefinitely with a wrist injury, Ingram saw his most court time in a month and produced a solid stat line as one of the only starters to see a heavy workload. Ingram has shown the ability to contribute in multiple categories, and while he is still growing into his niche in the NBA, a prolonged run in the starting lineup could help him draw the ire of fantasy owners.
Williams scored 24 points (8-17 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 6-6 FT) while handing out seven assists, grabbing four rebounds and blocking one shot across 31 minutes during Tuesday's 127-121 loss to the Nuggets.
Williams saw a few extra minutes after a lackluster opening from the starting unit, and he led the team in scoring for the second straight game while tying for tops in assists. He scored 14 in the fourth quarter and initiated most of the offense down the stretch, but some late misfires saw his team come up short after a spirited comeback. Williams continues split the workload with a glut of other guards, but he seemingly has the most stable role of the bunch at the moment.
Zubac scored 11 points (5-11 FG, 1-2 FT) to go along with 13 rebounds, three blocks, a steal and an assist across 26 minutes during Tuesday's 127-121 loss to the Nuggets.
With Timofey Mozgov struggling, Zubac got some extended run for the first time this season and recorded career highs in points, rebounds and blocks en route to his first career double-double. The 19-year-old seems unlikely to carve out a major role for himself this season, but this performance undoubtedly opened some eyes and should give the coaching staff some confidence if they consider using him a bit more moving forward.
Ingram will draw the start at small forward for Tuesday's matchup against the Nuggets, Eric Pincus of Basketball Insiders reports.
Ingram is starting due to Luol Deng being sidelined with a wrist injury. It is unclear how much time Deng is expected to miss with the injury, so Ingram could potentially be in line for a few more starts. The rookie is averaging 9.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 2.5 assists across 35 minutes in 11 starts this season.
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