Lakers guard/forward Nick Young, who was injured in the first quarter of last night's game at New Orleans, had an MRI exam today in Chicago. "Without breaking up that second unit - the filling in the shooting guard spot while D'Angelo [Russell] is already hurt - we'll have to get creative".
Julius Randle, who missed three games with a hip pointer injury, had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds in his return.
Young is averaging 13.3 points for the Lakers and has been one of the team's biggest surprises after two tumultuous seasons under ex-Lakers head coach Byron Scott.
Indeed, the Lakers (9-10) could have used their 3-point leader on a night when they shot a disastrous 5-of-30 from beyond the arc (16.7 percent).
Davis has reached new heights in his fifth season in New Orleans.
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Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson replaced Young in the lineup, though it's possible Lou Williams and Marcelo Huertas will also have heightened roles.
Always considered to boast a promising young core, the Lakers have taken surprising strides to insert themselves into the playoff picture in the Western Conference. Young was defending a Tim Frazier led fast-break, though the injury did not appear to be the result of any contact with Frazier.
Offensively, several Pelicans have been exceptional in recent home games, headed by Davis and Holiday.
The worst nightmare played out in Nick Young's mind the moment his right leg landed awkwardly on the floor. "I don't have to be pain-free, (but) I'm just trying to figure out a way around it", Randle told the Los Angeles Times. However, after undergoing an MRI, Young could now be sidelined up to four weeks, so look for him to go through a heavy dose of rest and rehabilitation moving forward. "That's how we've been the past couple weeks, and that's how we've been able to get wins".
Jones, who was selected 30th overall by the Warriors in the 2016 NBA Draft, underwent surgery on June 14 to fix a torn right pectoral muscle and has not appeared in a game with Golden State this season.
Young has been surprisingly important for the Lakers this season, especially defensively. World Peace, who helped the Lakers to an National Basketball Association title in 2010, fulfilled that role in the 2015-16 campaign.