Los Angeles Lakers second-year power forward Ryan Kelly is expected to miss at least six weeks after being diagnosed with a tear in his right hamstring, the team announced. Kelly left the Lakers' game against the Golden State Warriors during the second quarter on Sunday and went directly to the locker room.
Kelly was scheduled to meet with doctors and did not travel with the team on Monday, but could have met with the Lakers had the news been good. The news was on par with everything else going on with the Lakers currently, setting Kelly aside over a month.
The Lakers had been cautious with Kelly, who was dealing with hamstring issues throughout preseason and the regular season. He appeared in just three games for a minimal 25 total minutes, but in that small span he tore his hamstring. Los Angeles' power forward depth continues to diminish, and while Kelly is still a developing player, his presence as a floor-spacing big man is a blow to the Lakers.