Update: According to Mark Medina of the L.A. Daily News, Nick Young was walking around the postgame locker room in a boot and has not been declared out for the Lakers’ game against the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday. It’s early, but that sounds significantly more promising than the situation originally appeared.
Original story follows.
Nick Young suffered a right Achilles tendon straight Tuesday night, the Los Angeles Lakers announced during the first quarter of their game against the New Orleans Pelicans. He was ruled out for the remainder of the game and will undergo an MRI Wednesday in Chicago, according to Lakers sideline reporter Mike Trudell.
Young strained his Achilles when he went up to defend a transition attempt in the opening minutes of the first quarter. He came down hopping after going up to challenge Tim Frazier at the rim, hobbling his way over to the sideline while not putting any weight on his right leg.
He previously missed a game due to a toe injury, but that was a left foot injury.
That the Lakers are using the term strain right now is a relief, though they won’t know the extent of the injury until the MRI is complete. Young’s been the Lakers’ best three-point shooter, attempting 6.5 per game while shooting 41.8 percent from deep.
The Lakers’ backcourt could be facing another injury while they go through a tough stretch of road games.