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Lakers News: Nick Young out for 2 to 4 weeks, Luke Walton says his defense will be missed

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How the tide has turned so quickly for Nick Young, as Lakers news reveal that the shooting guard from LA is likely to miss 2 to 4 weeks of competition due to a strained right calf muscle.

“He’s been playing great, such a huge part of what we’ve done so far,” Laker coach Luke Walton said in a report by NBA.com. “Obviously, it’s a big blow to our team and what we’re trying to do, but that’s part of life in the NBA. So we’ll figure it out and keep going forward.”

Lakers news of Nick Young ‘s injury came after LA’s 105-88 loss to New Orleans, where Young got hurt in the first quarter.

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The team and Young himself thought he had an Achilles injury, so it didn’t turn out so bad after all. But still, his absence is considered a major blow to a young team that’s been struggling hard to make an impression.

Lakers news reveals Nick Young ‘s injury adds to the team’s woes after losing D’Angelo Russell (left knee soreness), and forward Julius Randle in three games due to hip injury.

Nick Young averages 13.3 points in 18 games and is shooting 41.8 percent (46 for 110) from 3-point range.

Nick Young has turned himself around from last season

From being on the front-end of the trading block he’s now become an important part of the team’s plans. And it’s not just for his shooting and scoring ability, but for his defense as well.

“We put Nick on the other team’s best player a lot this year. He’s done a great job in making them work,” Walton said in a report by Lakers Nation. “It’s not just the shooting we’ll miss. We’ll miss the defense, the energy he brings and the confidence he and his teammates get when he hits big shots.”

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Clearly regaining the respect from his coach and his teammates, Nick Young has evolved from the happy-go-lucky type to one of the hardest working, passionate players in the team.

Nick Young ‘s injury catches him at a tough time

“Can’t catch a break,” Nick Young said, “especially with the run we’re on, it’s a crucial time for us. We’ve been going up and down, trying to stay in the playoff race, and do all the things we want to do. It’s tough.”

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