Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball all out for Lakers vs. Celtics

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The Lakers' young core will be nowhere to be found Saturday night against the Celtics.
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Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball all out for Lakers vs. Celtics originally appeared on nbcsportsboston.com

The Los Angeles Lakers will limp into Saturday's game against the Boston Celtics without three of their top five scorers.

Kyle Kuzma won't play Saturday at Staples Center due to a sprained right ankle he suffered earlier this week, the team announced. 

The Kuzma news comes just hours after the Lakers revealed Brandon Ingram has a blood clot in his arm and likely will miss the remainder of the season. Point guard Lonzo Ball, meanwhile, hasn't played since Jan. 21 due to an ankle injury.

Big man Tyson Chandler also is out with a neck injury, which means it may be the LeBron James show in Los Angeles as the club aims to snap a four-game losing streak.

Kuzma played a key role in the Lakers' win over the Celtics earlier this season, dropping 25 points while hitting five 3-pointers.

With its three young core players sidelined, L.A. likely will start Rajon Rondo, Josh Hart, Reggie Bullock, James and JaVale McGee against the C's, who welcome Kyrie Irving back from a one-game absence.

UPDATE (7:58 p.m. ET): It appears Ball won't be returning anytime soon, as the Lakers are shutting their star point guard down for the remainder of the season, The Athletic's Shams Charania reported Saturday.

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Ball, the No. 2 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft ahead of Jayson Tatum, averaged 9.9 points, 5.4 assists and 5.3 rebounds this season over 47 games.

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