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Sunday, March 16, 2014

Lakers' Nick Young looking at returning on Wednesday


By on 3/16/2014 06:00:00 AM

The Los Angeles Lakers got blown out on Friday against the San Antonio Spurs by the score of 119-85. The loss was the second straight for the Lakers who dropped to 22-44, last place in the Pacific Division. The Lakers were one again without forward Nick Young, who has missed 14 of the last 15 games because of soreness to his left knee. Young is hoping to return soon, as early as next Wednesday




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As reported by Mark Medina at Inside The Lakers, Young hasn't progressed much is his rehab, only lifting weights, spot-up shooting and running on a weight-bearing treadmill. He had hoped to return this week, but couldn't practice.  The Lakers don't play again until next Wednesday in a rematch against the Spurs at the staples Centers.  Young knows that in order to return he must be able to participate in a full practice without any setbacks.

“They want the bruise to heal. If I keep getting hit, I would be out longer.”
Wesley Johnson and Xavier Henry are seeing the majority of the minutes at small forward with Young sidelined. Johnson had nine points on 4-of-10 shooting in 33 minutes against the Spurs. Henry added six points, but shot just 1-of-7 from the floor in 17 minutes of action.

Young  is in his seventh season out of USC.  The well-traveled veteran has played for the Wizards, Clippers, 76ers and Lakers.  His best season was with the Wizards in 2010-2011 when he averaged 17.4 points and 2.7 rebounds per game. In 49 games this season, Young is averaging 16.8 points in 28.6 minutes per game. 

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