Walton: Lakers needs 'more passion' from Ball, Ingram

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Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma suffered a lower back contusion, MRI results Thursday showed.

The Los Angeles Lakers are coming off a 108-86 loss at Minnesota on Sunday for their third straight loss and fifth loss in six games. Ball didn't score a single point, his second scoreless game this season, while Ingram mustered 13 points on 5-of-16 shooting.

James has been out since suffering a strained left groin on Christmas Day against the Golden State Warriors.

"They're trying, but they're young", Walton said after the 22-point loss to the Timberwolves. "I was frustrated the last three or four games with myself for how I played because I didn't give this team energy and I didn't give them a spark". This means that if the king is to have any hope of winning his fourth NBA championship this season, former Duke basketball star Brandon Ingram must play less like someone who is barely legal to drink and more like someone who is in his athletic prime.

Ingram scored 29 points and Ball added 21 as the Los Angeles Lakers handed the Mavericks a rare home loss, 107-97, on Monday night.

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Both Ingram and James play best with the ball in their hand, although there's obviously only one ball to go around between the two of them and whoever is playing point guard.

Los Angeles signed James to a four-year, $153.3 million contract this summer. "We've had moments in most of these games on the road where we could have won". The Los Angeles Lakers have lost five of their last seven road games. "It's hard to win in this league when you're healthy, so you gotta give double that effort when guys are down".

Even if he is deemed healthy in a week and is able to play January 11 at Utah, he will have missed eight games.

"I think we've got to have a little more sense of urgency when we step on the floor and just compete, to be quite honest.competing in every spot, competing for every minute".

Kuzma is averaging 18.3 points and 5.8 rebounds in 38 games.

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