Lakers’ Nick Young out 2-4 weeks with strained calf muscle


It looked bad: Nick Young had to be carried off just two minutes into the Lakers’ eventual loss in New Orleans as he grabbed the back of his leg. He had spun around trying to slow Tim Frazier in transition and something went wrong. After the game, Young tried to say it was nothing, but he left the arena in a walking boot.

Now the MRI results are back, and the Lakers’ announced that Young will be out 2-4 weeks with a strained right calf muscle. That’s better than was feared when it happened, but calf injuries can linger, which could make this recovery on the longer end of the prediction.

Young has been one of the biggest surprises in the NBA this season — he is working hard on defense. Which is a shocking development after treating that end of the court like a Drew League game for years. He’s averaged 13.3 points a game and shot 41 percent from three. That said, the Lakers have been better statistically — particularly defensively — with Young off the court, mostly because his minutes go to quality players in Lou Williams and Jordan Clarkson.

Still, the lack of Young and the injured D'Angelo Russell hurts the Lakers’ backcourt depth.