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The Final Word: Beat writers discuss Syracuse’s ACC Tournament win over Pittsburgh

first_imgComing off back-to-back losses to Virginia and Clemson, Syracuse (20-12, 10-8 Atlantic Coast) entered Wednesday’s matchup with Pittsburgh without its best offensive player, Tyus Battle. But behind 20 points and six 3-pointers from Buddy Boeheim, an all-around defensive performance from Paschal Chukwu and 18 points from senior point guard Frank Howard, the Orange advanced to the ACC tournament quarterfinals.More coverage:Tyus Battle ‘realistically 2 or 3 days away’ from returnCareer night for Buddy Boeheim, more takeaways from Syracuse’s ACC tournament win over PittsburghBuddy Boeheim shines with career-night in ACC tournament win over PittsburghWithout Tyus Battle, Syracuse tops Pittsburgh, 73-59, in ACC Tournament 2nd-round matchupSyracuse’s next opponent: What to know about DukeGallery: Syracuse advances to ACC tournament quarterfinals after win over Pittsburgh Published on March 14, 2019 at 1:57 am AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ See what our beat writers had to say after Syracuse’s 73-59 win over Pittsburgh.last_img read more

Brandon Ingram out with groin strain for at least a week, Lakers say

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe Lakers originally believed Ingram suffered a hip flexor injury.Ingram believed otherwise.“I was hit directly in a spot that I’ve had problems with before, but it was as bad as it was right now,” said Ingram, averaging a team-leading 16.2 points. “It’s something I will get through. Just a lot of treatment to get it back healthy so I can get back on the court.”Winslow, who, like Ingram, played collegiately at Duke, kneed Ingram in an after-the-whistle play in the fourth quarter.“I don’t think I was surprised,” Ingram said when asked about the extent of the injury. “I pretty much knew what it was exactly when it happened. I just didn’t know my timetable, or how long I would be out or if I had to be out at all. Like I said I’m happy it’s not that serious.” EL SEGUNDO — Brandon Ingram knew something was wrong the instant Justise Winslow collided with him during the Lakers’ victory Thursday over the Miami Heat. He didn’t know the severity of his injury until an MRI exam revealed he suffered a groin strain that will sideline him for about a week.Ingram is likely to be out for at least three games, and possibly more, the Lakers said Monday. He sat out the Lakers’ victory Saturday over San Antonio and wasn’t expected to play Monday against Portland, Wednesday against Orlando or Friday against Denver.It was uncertain whether he could play next Sunday in what looms as LeBron James’ free agent recruiting visit when the Cleveland Cavaliers visit Staples Center. The Lakers said Monday they expect Ingram to re-evaluated in approximately one week.“I’m just happy it’s not worse than it could be,” Ingram said. “Hopefully, I am (back in the lineup for the game against the Cavaliers). I want to be back for that game, of course. I want to be back even sooner, but I have to listen to the medical staff about what’s the best choice for myself.” Coach Luke Walton ticked off a list of reasons why Ingram will be missed.“It’s not just his scoring we’re going to miss,” Walton said. “He’s been a huge piece in the success we’ve had recently in playing the point guard position: Playmaking, really stepping up the way he rebounds the ball, using his length to get in there, and finishing off our possessions on defense.“There’s a lot we’re trying to fill in without him out there on the court.”HART UPDATEJosh Hart couldn’t say for certain whether it was a cast or a brace that was wrapped around his surgically repaired left hand Monday. No one had signed it in the days after he underwent surgery Friday, so it probably was more of a brace.What was clear beyond a shadow of a doubt was that he was disappointed he would be sidelined for up to six weeks, or perhaps for the rest of the regular season. He said he hoped to be back in the lineup before the end of the season April 11.“It was a downer at first, but it’s part of the game,” he said. “Obviously, at the beginning of the year, I wasn’t playing too many minutes and I wasn’t playing that well. The last month or month and a half have been more comfortable and Luke’s given me more minutes and a bigger role.“So, that was nice, but it’s a bummer to have it happen now.”KOBE’S OSCARWalton scoffed when told Kobe Bryant said after winning an Academy Award for his animated short film “Dear Basketball” that winning the Oscar “feels better than winning a championship, to be honest with you.” Bryant won five NBA titles, including two with Walton as his teammate.“He said that? With a straight face?” Walton asked.Bryant’s Oscar victory didn’t surprise Walton,who said, “I’m very happy for him. I’m not surprised by it. Anyone that’s been around him knows how dedicated he is and how hard he works when he puts his mind to something. Happy for him, but not surprised at all.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more