Los Angeles Lakers: Three things we learned from their first game in MSG

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Brandon Ingram still has an incredibly long way to go

After beating Philadelphia at the buzzer, Lakers forward Brandon Ingram probably felt on top of the world — and rightfully so. In a similar way to Lonzo Ball, Ingram received tons of commentary on his lack of ability to produce in his rookie season and some of that has carried over into his sophomore year.

Not all of it, but enough for things to still be questionable about the long-term.

One thing that Brandon Ingram has usually done pretty well with this season is scoring. He’s behind rookie phenom Kyle Kuzma in terms of leading the team in scoring, but even that has been the result of a lot of work on his game when nobody’s looking.

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However, at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night, more than a few people got to see him play.

Not only that, but here’s the scary part — he scored five points in 41 minutes on the floor. That was the most minutes of anybody on the roster, and just one more minute ahead of point guard Lonzo Ball, who finished in double digits.

This is a problem worth bringing up because the Knicks should be a team that Brandon Ingram can shine against, especially if he was able to be special against the 76ers.

Besides Corey Brewer, who failed to score a point in nine minutes of action, Ingram was tied with Larry Nance Jr. with the fewest points in the game against New York. The problem here is that Nance Jr. put up that many points in just 26 minutes, while it took Ingram 15 minutes more.

It is also worth noting that Ingram did have seven boards and five assists, but that’s not what the Lakers need him to be focused on. Ball usually doesn’t score this many points, unless this becomes the new norm for him from here on out, so what Los Angeles needs Ingram to be for this to all actually work well is to be their scorer.

And if this game is any indication, his version of an off-night is just flat out unacceptable.