Lakers’ Julius Randle, Nick Young considered doubtful to play Friday against Warriors

first_imgRandle tried running during morning shootaround before tightening up. Young spent the entire session receiving treatment on the pointer toe of his left foot. Randle nursed the injury when he was kneed during Monday’s practice and admittedly felt less explosive during Tuesday’s win against Oklahoma City before sitting out of Wednesday’s loss to Golden State. Young jammed his pointer toe during Tuesday’s win against the Thunder before posting eight points on only 3-of-8 shooting against the Warriors.Lakers veteran guard Jose Calderon has started in Russell’s place for three of the past four games since his knee injury kept him sidelined. During that stretch, Calderon has averaged eight points on 52.9 percent shooting and 4.3 assists in 18.66 minutes per game.Meanwhile, Walton said he has not finalized contingency plans in case Randle and/or Young cannot play. Both will go through pre-game warmups before the Lakers reevaluate them prior to tipoff.In the Lakers’ loss to Golden State on Wednesday, Lakers rookie forward Brandon Ingram started at small forward, while 12-year NBA veteran Luol Deng slid to the power forward spot. If Randle misses his second consecutive game, other options at the power forward position could entail reserve forwards Larry Nance Jr., Tarik Black or Thomas Robinson. It appears likely either Jordan Clarkson or Lou Williams would start at shooting guard if Young does not play.As for Ingram, he recorded a career-high 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting, three rebounds and three turnovers in 34 minutes in his first NBA start. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error An uncomfortable development that plagued the team in recent seasons just made an unwelcome return. The injury bug just bit the Lakers.Forward Julius Randle (hip pointer) and guard Nick Young (sprained toe in left foot) are considered doubtful for Friday’s game against the Golden State Warriors (13-2) at Staples Center. Lakers guard D’Angelo Russell remains sidelined for at least the next two weeks after having a non-invasive procedure on his sore left knee on Wednesday.As if the Lakers (8-8) have enough to worry about after losing on Wednesday by 43 points to Golden State (13-2), which boasts the NBA’s top-ranked offense that averages 119.2 points per game. The Lakers are fourth overall by averaging 109.6 points per contest, but they potentially could be without three of their starters. Meanwhile, the Lakers have fared 27th out of 30 NBA teams in total defense, allowing 112.1 points per game.“Everything is a good test for us. We don’t need injuries to throw on top of it to make it a good test,” Walton said after morning shootaround on Friday at the Lakers’ practice facility. “The schedule we’re going through right now, whether we’re 100 percent or not, is a tough schedule. It’s definitely going to test our grit out.”center_img “He had a couple of lazy passes leading to turnovers,” Walton said of Ingram. “But he’s attacking the paint and looking to score. He looks more comfortable and confident out there.”last_img

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