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Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Luke Walton admits that Alex Caruso could get some consideration to start at point guard with Lonzo Ball out. Caruso had nine points, eight assists and four rebounds in 30 minutes on Sunday against the Knicks while Tyler Ennis logged 11 minutes and went scoreless. Walton, though, does like the pairing of Caruso with Jordan Clarkson off the bench. "I don't think I will try it but he is an option," Walton said of Caruso starting in the future. "... He has got great size, he is tough, he can guard multiple positions in a modern NBA where a lot of teams switch everything, especially second units. We told him that he needs to work on is being able to knock down that spot-up 3-point shot. He is a good crafty playmaker when he gets in the paint so I think he is fine there... if he is hitting that shot consistently, I think in my opinion he is definitely a consistent NBA rotational player."

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Kyle Kuzma scored 15 points in 10 minutes. Luke Walton played Kuzma just two minutes in the second half but not because Kuzma jammed his right index finger. The Lakers have been harping on Kuzma to concentrate on his defense over offense. "Yeah his hand was hurting but I took him out because of defense, not because of his hand," Walton said. "... But he was good to go. If the game went a certain way, he would have gotten another opportunity but our defense was getting every stop we needed so I didn't see the point to change that up."

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Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Kyle Kuzma had an X-ray on his right index finger, which he jammed on a fall, and results were negative. Kuzma says he will be fine.

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Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Kyle Kuzma jammed his right middle finger but is available to play.

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Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Kyle Kuzma took a hard spill to the floor and came up holding and shaking his right hand. He already had a sprained joint in his left hand. Kuzma is getting his hand looked at on bench.

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Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Brandon Ingram is back in the starting lineup.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Brandon Ingram (ankle) is available to play against the Knicks.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Achilles) is out. Brandon Ingram (ankle) is a game-time decision. Lonzo Ball (knee) is feeling better but remains out. Luke Walton expects Ball to make five-game road trip later this week but his playing status remains uncertain for the trip.

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