Lakers’ Nick Young suffers Achilles tendon injury

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first_imgNEW ORLEANS — Nick Young suffered a strain in his right Achilles tendon about two minutes into the Lakers’ game on Tuesday against the Pelicans at Smoothie King Center, prompting concerns both about his long-term health and the team’s backcourt.Young will receive an MRI on Wednesday before the Lakers play in Chicago, but the team ruled him out to return against the Pelicans. Young was helped off the court by teammates with 10:10 left in the first quarter. He had missed a game last week because of a sprain in the second toe of his left foot, but his latest injury appears unrelated.The Lakers were already without starting point guard D’Angelo Russell, who is out for at least another week after having a non-invasive platelet-rich plasma procedure to treat his sore left knee. Russell has traveled with the Lakers on their four-game trip to continue rehabbing.Young’s play represented one of the Lakers’ positive developments. He had averaged 14.6 points on 45.8 percent shooting in 26.4 minutes as a starter, a stark contrast to last season’s circumstances. Then, Young averaged 7.3 points on 33.9 percent shooting. He became frustrated with former Lakers coach Byron Scott for his role, public criticisms and system. And he and Russell had a public falling out over a video that was accidentally leaked exposing details of Young’s private life, an issue the pair have since reconciled. Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson replaced Young in the lineup, though it’s possible Lou Williams and Marcelo Huertas will also have heightened roles. Meanwhile, Lakers forward Julius Randle returned to the starting lineup after missing the past three games with a hip pointer. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img

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