Lakers vs. 76ers Recap: The good, the bad and the Ball

Brandon Ingram

Heading into the game, the Sixers sit at fourth in the Eastern Conference, while the Lakers occupy the ninth spot in the West.

The 34-year-old has been missing for nearly five weeks with the Lakers going 6-11 in that time.

Without LeBron James, Lonzo Ball, and Kyle Kuzma in the lineup, Brandon Ingram took center stage in Los Angeles last night as the former Duke Blue Devil poured in a career high 36 points despite the Lakers loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. The match-up between the two teams is the first of the season, with the Sixers scheduled to host the Lakers in Philadelphia in a couple of weeks. As a team, the Lakers shot 47 percent from the field and seven of 23 from the 3-point line, but they were slow out of the gates and were always fighting a losing battle after falling behind by as many as 24 points in the second quarter.

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After the loss, the Lakers slipped to 26-25 for the season and are ninth in the Western Conference standings, two games behind the Los Angeles Clippers, who now occupy the last playoff berth in the conference.

The Lakers will play at the Golden State Warriors on Saturday.

The Lakers, however, are taking time to ensure that their star returns 100 per-cent healthy given the expectation is that his return will get them back to a winning percentage and therefore back into the playoff picture.

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"He looked good today", Lakers coach Luke Walton told reporters after practice. At the same time, they don't want to rush him back, especially not from a groin strain, which can be pesky if it isn't allowed to heal fully.

"But he did everything we had on the schedule and he looked good".

Shortly after those comments, a Lakers spokesman revealed LeBron would not be available, say ESPN.

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