Lakers News: Nick Young Will Start At Small Forward Against Bucks

Lakers News: Nick Young Will Start At Small Forward Against Bucks


Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
On New Year’s Eve, the Los Angeles Lakers will play host to the Milwaukee Bucks at the Staples Center with another change to the starting lineup.

With Wesley Johnson dealing with an illness, Lakers leading scorer Nick Young will replace him in the starting lineup according to Mike Trudell of via Twitter:

Although Young has come off the bench for the majority of the season, the veteran guard has played extremely well in a reserve role. Young is currently averaging a team-high 16.2 points per game while shooting 42.9 percent from the floor and 37.2 from beyond the arc making him a legitimate Sixth Man of the Year candidate.

The Lakers leading scorer has played in all 31 games this season while starting six games thus far.

Along with Johnson dealing with gastroenteritis, Pau Gasol continues to battle an upper respiratory infection while Chris Kaman is also not 100 percent with an ankle injury. Both Kaman and Gasol will play regardless of their ailments.

Head coach Mike D’Antoni is hopeful that Johnson will still be able to play tonight in a reserve role, but his status remains uncertain at this point in time.

With Young starting tonight, the Lakers will have a different starting lineup for the 17th time this season. Ironically enough, the Lakers will tie the Bucks with the number of changes to the starting lineup this year unless Milwaukee also mixes things up tonight.
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  • kobe24

    Starting to think Lakers have a curse…how the hell do half the squad have/had some sort of injury or sickness (kobe nash gasol kaman blake farmar henry johnson hill)

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Maybe the Lakers are holding out Wesley Johnson because he might be getting traded as part of the Pau Gasol trade.

  • trounce

    It’s very unfortunate for all these injuries to the Lakers (It’s Lillard’s fault for Nash’s injury which caused a ripple effect).. reminiscence of last season. Hopefully we’re able to get at least a bag of peanuts for Gasol (I have no idea what’s going through his mind when he plays, he’s become crap).

  • Jim213

    Mark Medina: “Lakers would never under any circumstances” accept the proposal that Windhorst and Shelburne reported overnight. #brawlabrewing

  • Lakers Fan

    This team is falling apart. Dr. Buss is rolling over in his grave.

  • Al Haldie

    I do believe KELLY would be a better fit to replace johnson….

    • meep

      how dude like 6″11 and we arent talking kevin durant here. kelly wont do that well guarding the faster SF. he more suited to play PF or center

  • meep

    hit after hit with this team this season has been a mess for the lakers. sooner or later lakers might just want to say forget it and play for next year.