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Nick Young injury: Lakers guard to have MRI on knee

Nick Young

Add Nick Young to the list of injured Lakers as he will undergo an MRI on Thursday after twisting his left knee in the team’s 119-108 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to Dave McMenamin of ESPNLosAngeles.com.

Young suffered the injury with just over two minutes to play in the second quarter as he fouled by Cavaliers guard C.J. Miles during his lay-up attempt on a fastbreak. He would stay in the game but would not return for the second half as he stated afterward that he “couldn’t move” on his left knee.

“I planted wrong,” said Young after finishing with six points, four rebounds and four assists and not playing in the second half. “We’ll see what happens. Hope for the best, really.”

Prior to the injury, the Lakers were already short-handed as they entered Wednesday’s game with just eight active players on the roster. Steve Nash was out as expected in the second game of a back-to-back, and Jordan Hill was out due to a strained neck that he suffered in Tuesday’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

After Young exited the game, Jordan Farmar, who was in his first game back since Dec. 31, was pulled out of the game in the fourth quarter due to a cramp in his left leg that lead to tightness in his hamstring. This also  added to the fact that Robert Sacre fouled out of the game but was permitted to remain in the contest as he was the Lakers fifth player.

So if Young were to indeed miss any time, the team would not only be losing their leading scorer at 16.9 points per game, but also another healthy body that would bring the team’s active roster down to eight players on the premise that Nash is able to give it a go in Friday’s game against the Philadelphia 76ers.

If Farmar’s hamstring also prevents him from taking the floor on Friday, it will put the Lakers in a tough predicament as they will have just seven healthy players with Pau Gasol (groin), Kobe Bryant (leg), Xavier Henry (bone bruise), and Jodie Meeks (right ankle sprain) all already declared out for the game.  

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Bob Garcia IV

Bob Garcia is a sports journalist from Southern California. He was a reporter for the award-winning newspaper, The Daily Sundial, at California State University, Northridge. You can follow him on Twitter, @BGarcia90.

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