Nick Young
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 23: Nick Young #0 of the Los Angeles Lakers points to a teammate after making a three point shot against the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center on December 23, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images) Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

The Los Angeles Lakers will more than likely be without their starting shooting guard Nick Young for some time.

Young hurt his leg when he came down awkwardly just 1:54 into their game against the New Orleans Pelicans. The 31-year-old shooting guard did not return to the game after being helped to the lock room by teammates. The Pelicans went on to win the game 105-88 handing the Lakers their third loss in their last four games.

"It will be tough. 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," Lakers coach Luke Walton said.

Young is scheduled to have an MRI on his right Achilles tendon which should keep him out against the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday. It’s still not even known whether or not if Young will travel with the Lakers to Chicago. The Lakers will have to find a way a way to create more offense if Young is out for an extended period of time.

The Lakers are currently 9-10, which is tied for eighth place in the Western Conference. That No. 8 spot is extremely critical because it is the final playoff spot.

“Swaggy P” is averaging 13.3 points per game this season in his fourth year with the Purple and Gold. That’s pretty impressive considering he’s only playing 25 minutes per contest. He has two more years remaining on his contract, however next season he has a player option in his deal giving him the choice to test the free agent market.

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