Lakers' Jeremy Lin to be evaluated after suffering sprained ankle

Lakers' Jeremy Lin to be evaluated after suffering sprained ankle
Lakers guard Jeremy Lin scores on a layup against the Golden State Warriors on Thursday. (Jeff Gross / Getty Images)

The Lakers are running out of point guards and it's not even two weeks into October.

Jeremy Lin went down with a sprained ankle after Robert Sacre stepped on him at Saturday's practice, Coach Byron Scott said.


It led to the same phrase that rattled Lakers fans in recent years: He will be evaluated again the following day.

With rookie Jordan Clarkson sidelined at least a week because of a strained calf, the Lakers are down to Steve Nash, who sat out Thursday's game so he could rest, and veteran Ronnie Price, who did not have a guaranteed contract.

It left Scott in shoulder-shrugging mode. He turned and looked at his coaching staff after Saturday's practice and saw two former NBA forwards — Paul Pressey and Mark Madsen — but no point guards.

Why not put Madsen at the point, at least for entertainment value?

"Noooo," Scott said.

Scott wasn't sure he would play Nash in the Lakers' exhibition Sunday against Golden State in Ontario. It didn't sound promising for Lin, either.

"He got up and kind of walked out on his own, but he was in a little pain," Scott said.

Lin looked fine in place of Nash in Thursday's game against Golden State, scoring 14 points and adding four assists in 21 minutes of the Lakers' 120-105 loss.

But toward the end of Saturday's practice, Price and shooting guard Wayne Ellington were running the point for their respective units in a scrimmage.

Young time

Nick Young had his right arm in a sling but worked on his left-handed shooting and dribbling Saturday. He isn't expected to return from a torn thumb ligament until late November.

"I'm feeling a lot better, coming off all the amnesia," he said.


"I mean anesthesia," he said, smiling.

Young also ran sprints with the team toward the end of practice. Scott had to yell at him, though, to make sure he did them.

"I tried to hide behind a couple boxes over there," Young said. "Somehow he had seen me out of the corner of his eye."

Young is coming off a career-best season, averaging 17.9 points in Mike D'Antoni's system, but all the extra work with his left hand will make him only slightly ambidextrous, he theorized.

"Probably just more floaters and stuff, but I don't see myself ever really shooting a three-ball with my left hand," Young said.

Henry's back

Xavier Henry practiced for the first time after being sidelined almost two weeks because of back spasms.

With Young out, Henry would be a logical choice as the Lakers' sixth man. He averaged 10 points last season but played only 43 games because of knee and wrist injuries.

"He looked rusty [Saturday]. It's obviously been a while since he's been on the basketball court, but just to have him out there was a good sight to see," Scott said.

Ryan Kelly also took a step closer to returning, doing some running and shooting on the side. He missed all of training camp because of a strained hamstring.

Neither Henry nor Kelly will play Sunday.