Nick Young is dealing with a sprained ankle after suffering the injury in practice on Jan. 26. He has not returned to the floor since, but is expected to play on Feb. 4 against the Bucks.
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Tuesday, Feb. 3
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"Byron Scott said he may not play Nick Young (ankle) or Tarik Black (ankle) today, as he hasn't seen them practice. But both are available," announced Mike Trudell of Lakers.com ahead of Sunday's game against the New York Knicks.
Young did not play in the game and spoke on the decision with Arash Markazi of ESPN:
On Jan. 30, the Lakers provided a statement from Scott discussing Young's status during practice:
Young Suffers Sprained Ankle
Monday, Jan. 26
Eric Pincus of the Los Angeles Times passed along the news and added a quote from Young:
To make matters worse, the high-scoring guard-forward suffered a right ankle sprain near the end of practice, which could put his status on Tuesday in jeopardy when the Lakers (12-33) host the Wizards (30-15).
'I'll just wait and see,' said Young, who acknowledged the ankle was throbbing. 'I'm a solider.'
He is currently averaging 14.1 points and 2.3 rebounds in 23.9 minutes per game this season.
Mike Trudell of Lakers.com noted just how important Young is to the offense:
Following that injury, first-year coach Byron Scott spoke about Young's significance, per Arash Markazi of ESPNLosAngeles.com:
It hurts us, as far as that's a guy that we know that can come off the bench and provide instant offense for us. Obviously, we're going to have to look elsewhere for that ... It hurts us.
I really looked at our roster and thought we had 10 to 12 guys that I thought were really good at what we could do. We were going to have a really balanced rotation, but sometimes you have to make adjustments.
The Lakers have languished near the bottom of the Western Conference all season long, and can ill afford to lose someone like Young if they hope to salvage a respectable record. It was recently revealed that Bryant has a torn right rotator cuff, which will cause him to miss the rest of the current campaign.
Lackluster leadership has plagued L.A. amid its struggles. Bryant's exorbitant contract was an impediment that prevented the Lakers from building depth on the roster in the event that key injuries occurred.
With the amount of shots Bryant and Young tend to take, it will be interesting to see what Scott does offensively while Young tries to work his way back onto the court.
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