Nick Young Injury: Updates on Lakers Star’s Knee and Return

Los Angeles Lakers guard Nick Young had an MRI after experiencing swelling in his knee. The results came back negative. Young has not returned to the court since sustaining the injury. He has been ruled out against the Bucks on Feb. 27.

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Young Out vs. Bucks Thursday, Feb. 26 Mark Medina of the LA Daily News reported did not practice Thursday and will not play vs. the Bucks on Friday. Serena Winters of Lakers Nation confirmed he is out for the contest.

Young's MRI Results Come Back Negative Monday, Feb. 23 Medina reported Young's MRI results on his left knee came back negative. 

The team confirmed earlier on Monday that Young would undergo an MRI for his knee injury.  

The Lakers will use a combination of Wayne Ellington, Jordan Clarkson and Ronnie Price at shooting guard depending on their lineups.

Young has battled through a number of injuries all season. He missed the season's first 10 games while recovering from a torn ligament in his thumb suffered in training camp, bowed out for another three due to a sprained ankle and hurt his foot right before the All-Star break.

The Lakers, whose main goal at this point appears to be holding onto their top-five protected pick, haven't shown discernible changes with or without him. They've been more competitive with him on the floor but are still getting outscored by a pretty significant margin per 100 possessions.

Perhaps the biggest effect of any injury-related absence is a loss of entertainment factor. At the very least Young's unwavering self confidence can at times make these Lakers watchable—a compliment that's hard to pay when he's on the bench.   


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