Cleveland Cavaliers

Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram take on expanded roles with Lakers

As Cleveland Cavaliers coach Larry Drew watched film in preparation for Sunday night’s game against the Lakers, he noticed Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma filling a big void for L.A.

In the previous two Lakers games, Drew saw Ingram and Kuzma taking on larger roles in the absence of LeBron James , who is recoveringfrom a strained groin, and Rajon Rondo ,who isrecovering from surgery on his right finger.

Kuzma has maintained his status as the Lakers’ second-leading scorer, averaging 18.6 points per game entering Sunday’s matchup at Staples Center, while Ingram remained the third-leading scorer, averaging 16.3 points per game.

Lakers forward Michael Beasley , who spent time away from the team to grieve the death of his mother, Fatima Smith , has been stellar since his return.

“It’s not just what he does on the court, but his energy as far as team chemistry and having him back around has been great in the locker room.

Clarkson is a foe now that he plays for the Cavaliers, but Walton still is impressed by what the former Lakers guard has accomplished in Cleveland.

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