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LAS VEGAS - Brandon Ingram had just missed a potential game-winning shot and fell to the floor, clutching his right leg. The Lakers lost the game in OT to the Clippers, with Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka in attendance.

The Los Angeles Lakers are once again in action this evening, as they take on the Boston Celtics in a Las Vegas Summer League showdown.

Just like in his summer-league debut on Friday against the Clippers, however, Ball offered promising signs in nearly everything else in his game with a triple double.

The Lakers designed plays for Ingram as he dominated with his improved footwork and post-up moves.

While Ball gets used to the pro game, the Lakers are reportedly considering adding a veteran point guard to act as a mentor for him. His contested shot-making was good enough for Tatum to shoot 9-of-19 from the field, but he boosted his efficiency by going a ideal 8-of-8 from the free throw line.

He dazzled all night long with an array of reverse layups and and-1 buckets, but Ingram saved his best for the end. The injury, he said, had "nothing to do with my ankle".

In the lead up to the NBA Draft in June, there was some increasing intrigue over whether the Los Angeles Lakers would take a player other than Lonzo Ball with the second pick.

"It was a big comeback game for him", Lakers Summer League coach Judd Buechler said after the game. He was able to go 9-for-17 from the field, and also went 7-for-8 from the free throw line. And when Lonzo found Ingram for the alley-oop on his first possession, it looked like things were going to come easy.

Let's be clear, it's NBA Summer League.

All eyes were on the matchup of No. 2 pick Lonzo Ball (Lakers) against No. 3 pick Jayson Tatum (Celtics). Due to his length and athleticism, he is viewed as a player who could turn into a very good defender.

But luckily for the waiting reporters, LaVar had already walked by after spending the game working the crowd, some of whom had cutouts of his face on sticks. "I will be much better (Saturday) night".

Ingram was able to get up after a bit of a minute, as he fell victim to a cramp. But perhaps his own admission to the team president is what sealed the deal.

"Brandon wanted to play", Buechler said.

"I am going to show you what he did do", LaVar explained.



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