Nick Young On 40-Point Performance: ‘I Just Got In The Zone’

Nick Young On 40-Point Performance: ‘I Just Got In The Zone’


The Los Angeles Lakers suffered their 49th loss of the season on Tuesday night at the hands of the Portland Trail Blazers. Steve Nash and Nick Young kept the team in contention for the win throughout most of the game, but the Lakers came up short down the stretch at the Staples Center.

Although Nash’s double-double, 10 points and 10 assists, was impressive, it was Young that stole the show with a season-high 40 points.

Young spoke to the media after the game saying the following about his solid performance against the Blazers via TWC SportsNet:

Young was on fire right out of the gate against the Blazers hitting his first eight shots. The sixth man always seems to play better with Nash on the floor and that showed on Tuesday night. Young went 15-of-26 from the floor and hit six shots from beyond the arc.

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With Young likely opting out his deal with the Lakers in the off-season, the veteran guard/forward will continue to try increase his value in the final eight games. Although Young hasn’t ruled out a return to the Lakers next season, it seems to be a foregone conclusion that he’ll opt-out in an effort to secure a more lucrative long-term deal either with the Lakers or elsewhere.

As of right now, Young is set to make $1.2 million with the Lakers next season if he exercises his player option. Young wants to return, but it remains uncertain if a new deal can get done.
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  • truth24

    In the zone to shoot and not pass the ball. Nice way to impress other teams of your scoring capability. Scoring does not make up for your lack of defense. Your better suited on the spurs bench.

    • Josh

      He doesn’t play defense, but he scored an efficient 40 points on 26 shots at the offensive end and was a net +3 while on the floor. I’ll give anyone a pass for their poor defense if they can make up for it at the other end. Nick and Kent were the only guys to shoot better than 50% last night, so who did you want him to pass to? His role on this team is to score points, not pass to guys who can’t shoot.

    • Leonel CuffyoChick Pierre

      i love how a lot of people are complaining about him not passing when nobody else had a better % , shit if I’m playing and teammates are fuckign up my assists i will be the selfish ass dude and score the points by myself if i have to.

  • Al Haldie

    What did he do that KOBE would not do – the other players were trying to get the ball too him they did not have too – you feed the HOT HAND —job well done..

  • Spanky

    Yeah, but did they win?

  • alex s

    We’ll definitely keep him if he knows how to play defense. Most of the team are shooters but does not know how to play defense. What are you doing too Kurt Rambis. Why can’t you teach this guys to ply defense.