Nick Young out 2-4 weeks with strained calf as injuries keep piling up for Lakers

The hits keep on coming for the Los Angeles Lakers.

Already without the services of D'Angelo Russell for the next few weeks, now Nick Young will be out of the Lakers' lineup for approximately 2-4 weeks with a strained calf muscle.

Young was injured against the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday, straining his right calf while playing defense on a fast break early in the first quarter. The Lakers guard was helped off the court by teammates since he couldn't put any weight on his right foot.

The injury looked like it could be to his Achilles but an MRI on Wednesday revealed that Young had strained his right calf muscle.

Young being out for possibly a month, is quite the blow for the Lakers. Especially since, Young has had a bounce-back year, averaging 14.1 points while shooting 45.8 percent and 41.8 percent from 3. Under new coach Luke Walton, Young has also made great strides on the defensive end and has quickly emerged as one of the Lakers' better perimeter defenders.

The Lakers have depth at the guard position, though, as Lou Williams and Jordan Clarkson will likely have expanded roles during Young's absence. But Young has literally been clutch for the Los Angeles this season, and the Lakers will miss his scoring and defense.

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Ananth Pandian has been writing about all NBA-related things including the social and lifestyle aspect of the sport for CBS Sports since 2015. His name is actually easy to pronounce, just remember it is... Full Bio

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