The Lakers have been decimated yet again this season, with Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash and rookie Julius Randle being the most prominent to suffer season-ending injuries.
Nick Young may be in the same situation, though the team has yet to officially rule him out the rest of the way, even though he’s missed the last 19 games with a knee injury and Byron Scott has been favoring using lineups that feature more unproven players.
The latest blow came on Thursday, when it was revealed that Wayne Ellington, too, will miss the remainder of the year due to injury.
The official release:
Lakers guard Wayne Ellington, who was injured in the fourth quarter of last night’s game against the New Orleans Pelicans at STAPLES Center, had an MRI exam today which confirmed a grade 1 shoulder separation. Ellington will miss the remainder of the season.
In 65 games (36 starts) this season, Ellington averaged 10.0 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and 0.5 steals in 25.8 minutes per game. The six year NBA veteran set single-game career marks in points (28), rebounds (10), assists (six), and field goals made (12) in 2014-15.
With eight games left to go in the regular season, the Lakers are just one loss shy of tying last season’s franchise-worst mark for futility. For one of the league’s most storied franchises, April 15 can’t come quickly enough.