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Wesley Johnson out for 'weeks' with hip flexor strain

The Lakers might have beat the Pacers, but they lost their starting small forward.

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers will be without Wesley Johnson for "weeks not days," according to Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times. Johnson suffered the injury during the Lakers' victory against the Indiana Pacers, and will miss what looks like an extended period of time. He was one of four Lakers who have played in every game of the season, and also played in 79 of the Lakers 82 games during the '13-14 campaign.

This is a big problem for Lakers head coach Byron Scott, particularly as he tries to limit Kobe Bryant's playing time. Johnson was averaging career-highs in minutes per game (29.3), points per game (9.4) and three-point accuracy (37.7 percent). That's a lot of production to lose for this Lakers team, without considering he's the lone small forward with any defensive length.

Nick Young, Wayne Ellington and even Jordan Clarkson will likely see an increased role with the team until Johnson's return. Updates on Johnson's status as they come, but don't expect any good news, or a return, any time soon.