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Nick Young injury: Lakers forward has fractured knee cap

Los Angeles Lakers forward Nick Young sported a new hairdo Wednesday, but a CT scan has revealed that a slight fracture in his left knee cap that has his status up in the air for the rest of the season, according to Arash Markazi of ESPNLosAngeles.com.

Young has missed the last 11 games due to persistent swelling in his left knee, and hasn’t taken the court since the Lakers’ 118-111 overtime win over the Boston Celtics on Feb. 22.

“Nothing,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said when asked what Young was able to do at practice. “He signed some autographs, went back in and got some treatment and that was about it.”

Although he has missed extended time because of the injury, the 29-year-old won’t require surgery as the the fracture is expected to heal on its own. However, there is still no timetable for his return with just one month of the season.

He is averaging 13.4 points on a career-low 36 percent shooting from the field in 23.8 minutes in 42 games played this season. Young’s shooting woes arose in January as he shot just 32 percent from the field, including 30 percent from 3-point range, and only shot over 50 percent in only two games for the entire month. He also shot just 32 percent in seven games played in February.

Young signed a four-year, $21 million contract with the Lakers last offseason.

Photo Credit: Gene Sweeney Jr. / Associated Press

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Bob Garcia IV

Staff Writer at Sports Out West
Bob Garcia IV is a sports journalist from Southern California. He's currently the Los Angeles Lakers beat writer for Sports Out West. He is also currently covering the NBA and NFL for ClutchPoints. He was previously the beat writer for LA Rams Report for Scout.com, which is a website dedicated to covering the Rams. Lastly, he was a reporter for the award-winning newspaper, The Daily Sundial, at California State University, Northridge. You can follow him on Twitter, @BGarciaivsports.
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