LA Lakers forward Brandon Ingram scored 36 points in a losing effort against the 76ers at the Staple Center on Tuesday night. Joel Embiid led Philly with 28 points and 11 rebounds, while Jimmy Butler had 20 points on just 7-9 shooting. With the win, Philadelphia ties the Pacers for 3rd place in the east.
Despite the loss, the 36 points was a career high for Ingram. Since LeBron has been out with an injury, Ingram has had to step up, averaging 20.1 points per game in games without James in the lineup.
Ingram’s career high comes at a very useful time for the Lakers. LA has been rumored to be interested in entering the trade market before the trade deadline, with Brandon Ingram being one of the players that the Lakers would be willing to trade. With performances like the one he had on Tuesday, teams may consider Ingram as a useful player to acquire.
Ingram has been a player who is suspected to be a part of a package that has, or will be, offered to New Orleans in exchange for All Star forward Anthony Davis. It has been reported that the Pelicans do not rate Ingram as a huge prospect, and are still holding out for other offers. Many experts have predicted that New Orleans may even wait until the summer to hear offers, with Boston able to offer their strongest package after 2018-19 contracts have concluded.
As for now, Ingram is a Laker, and LA need him to perform. The Lakers play the Clippers on Thursday in a game between the 8th and 9th place teams in the west. A win would go a long way for the Lakers, who have fallen off the playoff pace without LeBron. Ingram will have to be the main man again on Thursday, with Lonzo Ball, Lebron James, and Kyle Kuzma all missing significant time at the moment due to injury.