MRI on Kyle Kuzma’s ankle comes back clean, could miss up to a week

Associated Press

When it happened, Kyle Kuzma was in a lot of pain.

In the fourth quarter of the Lakers’ loss to the Clippers, was cutting off the ball, received a pass, planted his right foot, and his ankle rolled. Kuzma went to the ground in pain, then gingerly walked off the court and headed straight to the locker room.

After the game, Laker coach Luke Walton said, “I’d be surprised if he is ready to go [Wednesday], but I’m not a doctor.” Kuzma said he wanted to get treatment and see where things stood, but he wanted to go.

The good news is both the X-rays and now MRI have come back clean, the latest news via Shams Charania of The Athletic, with more detail from Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times.

Kuzma did not practice with the Lakers. Considering the long odds the Lakers make the playoffs at this point, there is no good reason to rush him back.