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Young Drops Season-High 41 Points

young_postgameTied at 86 heading to the fourth quarter at Utah, L.A. opened the period on a 23-3 run, spurred by Nick Young’s hot shooting from the floor.

He scored nine of the first 11 Laker points of the quarter and 17 altogether in the final frame. The USC product finished with a season-high 41 points, and shot an efficient 14 of 23 on field goals and 6 of 11 on three-pointers.

“He can get his shot off against anybody,” coach Mike D’Antoni said postgame. “And when he gets on rolls, he’s uncanny about how he can score the basketball.” 140414_young

In the last five games, Young is averaging 26.0 points on 50.6 percent field goals and 43.8 percent on three-pointers. He’s hit the 40-point mark on two separate occasions and hit at least six triples three times in April. Post All-Star break, the swingman has been sharp from beyond the arc, hitting at a 46.0 percent clip. 140414_young_threes

Marshall, Young Flaunt Shoe Game

It’s been well documented that Nick Young and Kendall Marshall are two of the biggest sneakerheads on the Lakers.


@jethrowellington you aint got these lol S/O to my dog @kendrickmsugar 4 the hook up #Supreme these will be seein the court tomorrow @nicekicks get ready lol


haaaa @swaggyp1 truuuue. But Ion’t think you wanna talk that foam nonsense with me! @nicekicks @geokthree will somebody please tell this guy.

Who has the better shoe game? Swaggy P. or KButter?

Young Draining Triples

Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles LakersWhile his teammates were struggling to get going on offense in Tuesday’s loss to Portland, Nick Young … was not. He drained 15 of his 26 shots – including his first eight – to drop 40 points, thanks in no small part to a bunch of three-pointers.

Young hit six of his 13 three-point attempts, cooling down only in the second half after he hit three of his first four, keeping pace with a recent trend of half of his FGA’s coming from three.

Since returning from injury on March 21, Young’s averaging 20.9 ppg off the pine (up from 16.8 prior), and was attempting 48.2% of his FG’s from 3 before 13 of his 26 vs. POR. He’s hitting 46.3 percent of his bombs in that stretch (35.3% prior). Below is a shot chart of his efficiency from beyond the arc in his last seven games, courtesy of NBA.com/stats.

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That 40-spot is second only to the 42 points Jodie Meeks put on Oklahoma City on March 9.

Lakers at the Movies

After landing in Milwaukee, the Lakers watched a prescreening of “Noah,” set to be released in theaters on Friday.

Nick Young, again, went straight to the concession stands.

Young Poised to Return

Los Angeles Lakers v Miami HeatHaving completed a week’s worth of practices without a setback of the injured left knee that’s kept Nick Young out of 16 of the last 17 games, the swing man is expected to return for Friday night’s game against Washington.

“I’ll be out there against the Wizards,” said Young after Thursday’s practice. “I’ve been waiting. It’s tough to sit in the back and watch these games. I’ve been wanting to get out there from the time the second half of the season started.”

Young suffered a non-displaced fracture of the patella and a bone bruise after hyperextending his knee at Cleveland on Feb. 5. He returned to play 20 minutes off the bench against Brooklyn on Feb. 23, but has been out since after experiencing further soreness.

Mike D’Antoni said Young will return to his role off the bench, but tempered expectations for Friday evening.

“It depends on him,” said the coach. “You never know. He could be rusty, he could be rusty the third game, the first game, the second game, the second half, who knows. You just play it by ear and as long as he’s playing well, then he’ll stay on the floor. If not, then we’ll sub him in and out. It’s good to get him back and good to get him back in the flow.”

D’Antoni suggested that Jordan Hill could also be available to use against the Wizards, but will see how his knee responds to Thursday’s practice at Friday’s shootaround.

Young, who ranks second on the team in scoring at 16.8 points per game (Pau Gasol, 17.8), appears good to go.

“I’m feeling good,” he said. “I had a couple days to get a couple practices in and test it out and see how I feel out there.”

Lakers Injury Update: March 17

Los Angeles Lakers v San Antonio SpursThe Lakers received some unfortunate injury news during Monday’s practice in El Segundo, where Jordan Farmar strained his right groin, adding to what’s already the league’s highest injury total for one team in years:

LAKERS GAMES MISSED TO INJURY:
Kobe Bryant: 60
Steve Nash: 54
Jordan Farmar: 30
Xavier Henry: 27
Steve Blake: 26
Nick Young: 16
Pau Gasol: 10
Chris Kaman: 6
Jordan Hill: 6
Jodie Meeks: 5
Wesley Johnson: 1
TOTAL: 241

Los Angeles Clippers v Los Angeles LakersPrior to Monday’s practice, it looked like the Lakers were on the verge of getting a couple of healthy bodies back in the short term: both Nick Young (knee) and Jordan Hill (also knee) returned to the court.

Young has played in just one of the last 17 games (20 minutes on Feb. 23 vs. BKN), while Hill’s been out since Feb. 28. Neither was cleared for full participation in a potential 5-on-5 scrimmage setting, however, so a potential return for Wednesday’s game against San Antonio is uncertain.

What’s less certain is the availability of Farmar, according to the information team spokesman John Black relayed on Monday afternoon:

Jordan Farmar suffered a right groin strain today in practice. He will see Dr. Podesta either later this afternoon or tomorrow morning and we will have an update on his condition and how long he will be out after he sees Dr. Podesta.

It’s no doubt a frustrating setback for Farmar. The point guard has shown flashes of excellent basketball this season, but has now been interrupted by injury on three separate occasions. First came a tear of his left hamstring on Dec. 1 that kept him out until Dec. 31, when he tore a different part of the hamstring.

He dropped eight three pointers in his return against Cleveland on Feb. 5, but re-aggravated the hamstring in the process. His latest return came on Feb. 19, and he’s averaged 12.7 points and 4.0 assists on 46.3 percent field goals and 48.4 percent from three in 22.6 minutes per game while splitting time with Kendall Marshall.

Stay tuned for more news on the groin, and how long it will keep him on the shelf.

Particularly if Farmar misses a few games or more, don’t rule out a potential return to the court for Steve Nash, who has continuing to work on his nerve root issues to stay ready should he be needed.

Lakers Teamwork off the Court

Teamwork at its finest.

Nick Young Gettin’ Buckets

Swaggy P. and former Washington Wizards teammate Gilbert Arenas went head-to-head in a shooting contest on a Fisher Price basketball hoop.

The two matched each other bucket for bucket.

Who won? You be the judge.

Young Out for Road Trip

Brooklyn Nets v Los Angeles LakersInjury ReportGuard Nick Young, who returned to the floor Sunday against the Nets after missing the previous six games, is not expected to play on the team’s mid-west back-to-back trip that beings tonight in Indianapolis.

Nick Young Impersonates Kobe Bryant

At Friday’s shootaround in advance of the Lakers-Jazz game, Kobe Bryant went through some light set shooting drills at the practice facility.

Word was Bryant would address the media prior to tip-off at STAPLES Center, so naturally, a number of media members gathered around his locker pregame, hoping to speak with him for the first time since Christmas Day. Instead, Nick Young took a seat, drenched in sweat, ball in hand, and did his best Kobe impersonation.

Below is a transcription between Young, Lakers.com’s Mike Trudell and the media:

Mike Trudell: How’s the recovering going?
Young: You know, you seen me shooting a couple shots today. Obviously I’m feeling good. Might make a comeback this Sunday.

MT: What’s it like having the true heart of a lion?
Young: Ah man, as you can from my video I released three weeks ago, it showed the thunder and rain. I feel like I’ve been through it all.

MT: Do you feel like you’re the greatest of all time?
Young: Yeah, of course. I did so much in this game. 30,000-some points. On my way to 31 (thousand). Five rings. Yeah, 18 years. I’m the greatest. What can I say?

MT: Does it hurt your fractured knee when I hit it?
Young: The Mamba … I slither through things. We don’t have bones. What else can I say?

Reporter: What do you think of Nick Young?
Young: Has a lot of potential. I’ll work with him. He’ll be one of the great ones…

MT: Is Nick better than you?
Young: Not in this lifetime.