An MRI on Wednesday revealed that Los Angeles Lakers guard Nick Young has suffered a strained calf muscle in his right leg that will sideline him for the next two to four weeks.
The injury occurred less than two into Tuesday’s loss to the New Orleans Pelicans when Young was defending a drive to the basket and came up hobbling. He immediately showed signs of pain and hopped off the court.
Young was helped to the locker room and did not return to the game. The Lakers had initially diagnosed the injury as being a strained right Achilles’ tendon.
Lakers’ Nick Young goes down with non-contact injury pic.twitter.com/bPVcRG9bjL
— Kenny Ducey (@KennyDucey) November 30, 2016
Walton called Young’s absence “a big blow to our team.”
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With Young out of the lineup for the next few weeks, Walton will likely mix and match the starting lineup. When the 31-year-old was last out of the lineup due to a toe injury, Jordan Clarkson got the call to fill the void.
Rookie Brandon Ingram was also used in that role as well. Ingram is expected to get the call in Wednesday night’s tilt against the Chicago Bulls in the second game of back-to-backs.
Young is in the midst of a rebirth season as the Lakers’ starting shooting guard averaging 13.9 points, which is tied for fourth-best on the team. He is currently shooting career highs from the field (45.8), and from beyond the arc (41.8).
Los Angeles is already without the service of D’Angelo Russell for the next couple of week as he recovers from a sore right knee that he received a platelet-rich-plasma injection to help heal.