The Los Angeles Lakers will be without Nick Young for two-to-four weeks while he recovers from a strain in his right calf, the Lakers announced Wednesday. Young underwent an MRI in Chicago, and what was first announced as a right Achilles tendon strain upon initial examination turned out to be calf injury.
A calf strain sounds better than an Achilles injury, though anything sidelining a player for up to a month is a serious problem. The Lakers will have to find a way to make up for the prolific shooting he’s provided from beyond the arc, which is concerning for the results column.
Process wise, this could be a good opportunity for Luke Walton to hoist some additional responsibility onto Brandon Ingram’s wirey frame, or perhaps look to Jordan Clarkson to step up. Walton’s been flexible with his lineups as injuries have popped up over the last few weeks, though he’s tried to keep his bench unit together. How he adjusts with two longer-term injuries to two of his perimeter starters is definitely one of the keys to keep an eye on.
The Lakers and Young will surely take a calf injury over an Achilles injury, but the road forward looks rocky at best while the purple and gold lick their wounds.