Brandon Ingram shouldn’t miss Game 6
End of physical game for Brandon Ingram. With four minutes remaining in Game 5 at Phoenix, the winger took to the baseline to attack the circle but ran into wall Deandre Ayton. The latter made the mistake and his opponent fell violently to the ground on his buttocks. Seeing him hold his lower back, his face scarred, we first thought he had injured himself.
The winger got up after a few seconds on the floor. On the next possession after a time-out, the former Lakers player tried to start his shot in « fadeaway » in front of Mikal Bridges. In his maneuver, he lost the leather and seemed to be hit in the fingers or in the elbow. He stopped playing and held his arm as the Suns went on the counterattack.
After watching the slow motion, the winger was actually the victim of his own false move rather than contact from the Suns defender. At the end of the match, he thus presented himself with two fingers, of the right hand, covered with a black strap. » It’s okay. It shook a bit during the game, but it’ll be fine “, he reassured.
The latter, however, admitted to having stuck his fingers. » It’s quite painful right now. There’s nothing but treatment that can’t fix and recover me by the next game », Calmly displays the best scorer in the series (28 points on average), who missed three shots and lost a ball after his finger injury.
No question for him to ignore the first playoff game of the Pelicans, this Thursday, possibly their last of the season in case of defeat.
Like his teammate CJ McCollum, the winger will try to bounce back after his average game tonight (22 points at 7/19 on shots, 5 rebounds and 5 assists). Before this Game 5, he had just played three matches at 34 points on average with 56% on shots.