Lakers’ Nick Young out two-to-four weeks with leg injury

FILE - In this March 2, 2016, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers forward Nick Young smiles after hitting a 3-point basket against the Denver Nuggets during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Denver. A video posted by TMZ on July 5, 2016, shows Young holding a firework in his hand as it explodes. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
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Los Angeles Lakers’ guard Nick Young suffered an injury during the team’s Tuesday loss to the New Orleans Pelicans and scheduled a MRI in Chicago on Wednesday afternoon. With the results showing a strained calf in his right leg, the guard will now miss at least the next two-to-four weeks, the team has announced.

It was an injury that Young suffered in the opening minutes of Tuesday’s loss. He was seen wearing a boot on his right foot but didn’t require the aid of crutches. Young walked out of the locker room and joked with his teammates, not looking to be fazed, but it can’t be a laughing matter for first-year head coach Luke Walton, who is already shorthanded.

The Lakers have been without fellow guard D’Angelo Russell for a week as he is expected to miss another after he received a knee injection right before Thanksgiving. Then there is “Swaggy P,” who has gotten off to a great start for the Lakers this season. Young is averaging 13.3 points and 2.4 rebounds per contest while shooting nearly 42 percent from three-point range. That is a pretty decent start for a player of Young’s caliber as well.

“It’ll be tough,” Walton previously told the Los Angeles Times of the possibility of losing Young . “Without breaking up that second unit, the filling in the shooting guard spot while D’Angelo is already hurt, we’ll have to get creative on what we’ll do there.”

Los Angeles, which entered Wednesday with a middle-of-the-pack 9-10 record – good for ninth in the Western Conference – will play at the United Center versus the Chicago Bulls, who sit at 10-6.

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