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Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error If things keep going the way they are for the Lakers, they might have to hold an open tryout for point guards.Jeremy Lin became the latest player to catch the injury bug when he suffered a sprained left ankle during the team’s 5-on-5 workouts after being stepped on by Robert Sacre. Lin left the court on his own power and will be re-evaluated today before the team’s game against Golden State at Citizens Bank Arena in Ontario.“It depends on how he feels because he’s still trying to get acclimated to what we’re doing here,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said. “Obviously the more he plays and he’s out there, the better for him, but if (his ankle) is tender, we’ll probably sit him down.”Lin’s injury comes on the heels of Jordan Clarkson suffering a strained left calf muscle against Golden State on Thursday. Clarkson is expected to miss a week and was restricted to drills following practice. “We’re just going to get healthy and get ready for these last preseason games so we can be healthy for the regular season,” said Clarkson.Young returnsNick Young looked like his usual self bouncing around Lakers practice, save for the sling on his right arm that forced him to shoot and dribble left-handed.Young made his first appearance since tearing the radial collateral ligament in his thumb while guarding Kobe Bryant earlier this week. He ran sprints with the team following their scrimmage but was mostly on the sidelines practicing on his own.“It’s tough, but I’m fighting through it,” Young said.Young wore a heavy cast on his thumb that he said won’t be removed for another five weeks. He is expected to return in six to eight weeks, and in the meantime he’s learning to adjust with his off hand.“I can’t tie my shoelaces or put my clothes on without help,” he said.At the same time, his good mood was still intact. He participated in the team’s final sprints at the end of practice despite trying to duck away when Scott was looking for him.“I was tired from running earlier and was hoping coach didn’t see me, but he did out of the corner of his eye,” Young said.Hello old friend, we meet againTonight the Lakers will face Golden State for the second time in four days and will look to avenge a 120-105 defeat suffered at Staples Center on Thursday.Scott said that the meeting is just another chance for the Lakers to measure themselves against a good team as well as see if they applied the lessons learned in the first meeting.“We know how to play them and we’ll get a chance to see if we improved in some of the areas that we felt we need to improve on,” Scott said. The good news was that Xavier Henry returned to practice after missing a week due to back spasms. Although Henry will not be available tonight, Scott said it was encouraging to see him go through drills and 5-on-5 workouts.“He was rusty and obviously been a while since he’s been on a basketball court, but having him out there was a good sight to see,” he said.Steve Nash, who did not suit up on Thursday, also participated in practice except for parts of the team’s final scrimmage when he went in for treatment. Scott said that he was unsure if Nash or Kobe Bryant would play tonight, but if both feel as fine as they did after practice, they could be called upon depending on Lin’s status.“This is still relatively a new team, so I want them to play together as much as possible. We’ll just have to wait and see,” Scott said.In the meantime, the Lakers are hoping to survive the rest of the preseason without another major injury. Clarkson said afterwards it was weird to see one guard after another go down but focused on the bright side, that it happened now rather than later.
(LeBron has been in the last eight Finals – reaching all from the East, the lesser conference even when his Miami teams were the NBA’s best. Had LeBron’s Heat and Cavaliers been in the West, he would have done well to make half those Finals.)Besides LeBron, Magic Johnson signed four veterans with checkered pasts who might be in the rotation – Rajon Rondo, JaVale McGee, Michael Beasley and Lance Stephenson. The team hopes they will assume key roles, not the least of which is vanishing from its salary cap next spring.(Actually, Rondo, one of those viewed most skeptically, might be the most helpful, especially if Lonzo Ball struggles or gets hurt. Once a non-factor past 15 feet, Rondo has become a 35 percent 3-point shooter. He has become a leader as he has aged and chilled from his early years as a pain in the rear end whom older teammates put up with because he was so good.)There’s still too great a burden placed on the Lakers’ young, promising but still untested-at-this-level players.We know Kyle Kuzma could be very good and Brandon Ingram could be special. Josh Hart looks useful, at least. Lonzo Ball showed he was, indeed, a special playmaker, even while leaving other questions – shooting? – unanswered in a rocky rookie season.The young players will be the ones filling the major roles around James. Of the four, only one has ever been on an NBA team that was ever above .500 (Ingram, a rookie on the 2016-17 team that rocketed to a 7-5 start before finishing 26-56).Not enough shooters. You could hear this on any local talk show, or, indeed, at any local grade school but that doesn’t mean it’s not true.This isn’t just a critique you could hear on any talk show.Nevertheless, it’s not just some modern internet vogue, like so much of the hue and cry about unproven “analytics” in basketball.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Three-point shooting is the key to spacing the floor, which is the key to modern offense … the kind the Lakers, who were cutting edge in the Showtime 1980s but not nice, would like to develop in this new age, which is why they hired Luke Walton off the Warriors’ bench.Kuzma was a stunner, not least because he made 36.6 percent of his 3-point attempts. That was head-turning for a rookie but not for one of a contending team’s top shooting threats.Last season’s Warriors were No. 1 in 3-point accuracy at 39.1 percent, 1.4 percent ahead of No. 2 Boston (37.7). The Rockets were No. 1 in 3-pointers made at 15.3 per game, 2.6 ahead of No. 2 Brooklyn (12.7).The Lakers were No. 20 at 10 per game and No. 29 in accuracy at 34.5 percent.It’s asking a lot of young players to slash that gap but Magic Johnson, who had concluded LeBron’s Cavaliers had too many specialists such as Kyle Korver, didn’t bring in a single outside shooter, aside from drafting Ukrainian Svi Mykhailiuk (Kansas) in the second round.This might have been all about knowing they’re waiting ’til next season.Related Articles How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Now for the season Lakerdom has waited all decade for …Oh, wait, that’s next season, after the Lakers bag that second star player they’ve saved salary cap space for, such as Kawhi Leonard or (they can dream) Kevin Durant.This season should be titled “In the meantime.” For the Lakers, who measure success in titles, this is still about rebuilding to contend on that level, as opposed to being there.The Western Conference powers far outgun them – that’s the Rockets as well as the Warriors and perhaps two or three or more teams. Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed I’m guessing that if Magic thought there was a title on the line this season, he would have brought in some shooters … the way he had Byron Scott and Michael Cooper, who meant so much in Showtime, even before offense became all about spacing and shooting.In other words, wait ’til next year. In that meantime, good luck, Luke!None of this means this season will be anything like the lean ones.It’s actually disappointment-proof with Lakers fans, once the most spoiled of fat cats, enchanted at the thought of making the playoffs, which once would have elicited yawns here.Better yet, with James as a magnet, there’s every reason to believe they can land that second star next summer, leading to even better times in the 2019-20 season.In the meantime, LeBron, at 33, has to continue aging arch-gracefully. The young players have to keep coming. As a team they have to be as good, or better, on the court as they are on paper.What’s the problem? After all the down years, this looks like up in Lakerdom. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe Las Vegas over/under has the Lakers at 48.5 wins, a fair projection that ties them with Utah for No. 4 in the West, 14 behind the Warriors, six behind Houston, two behind OKC.The Nuggets are one back. The Timberwolves are two back, only because of the furor around Jimmy Butler’s trade demand.These are unusually modest expectations on the Lakers, a glamour franchise that now has LeBron James, after finishing 23-18 last season, a pace that projects to a 46-win season pre-LeBron.Nevertheless, I’m going with the “under” on this season: Not enough cohesion, which even lesser Western challengers such as Denver, Portland and New Orleans have after years together.There are too many new moving parts in a conference in which the powers have so few. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions