Nick Young Injury: Updates on Lakers Star's Calf and Return

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LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 23:  Nick Young #0 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts after making a three point shot against the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center on December 23, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Los Angeles Lakers swingman Nick Young had been sidelined since suffering a right calf strain Nov. 29 against the New Orleans Pelicans. However, he is ready to return.

Continue for updates.


Young Active vs. Knicks

Sunday, Dec. 11

Young is available to play Sunday against the New York Knicks, according to Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News.


Latest on Young's Practice Status

Thursday, Dec. 8

The Lakers announced Young took part in Thursday's practice session.


Young Has Emerged as Important Cog in Lakers Rotation

At his best, Young is a high-volume scorer who can stretch defenses with his three-point stroke and attack the rim if opponents press up on him beyond the arc. He averaged 7.3 points per game for Los Angeles last season but scored in double figures in each of the previous five campaigns. He set a career high with 17.9 points per contest in his first season with the Lakers in 2013-14.

Young was averaging 14.1 points per game while shooting 41.8 percent from three-point range this season before his injury.

The Lakers had enough pieces to survive this setback, but they need all of the help they can get to build upon their surprising early-season success.

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