Lakers' week in review

Lakers' week in review
Lakers guard-forward Nick Young underwent surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

The Lakers were beset by injuries throughout the 2013-14 season, and the 2014 preseason has gotten off to a similar start.

Scorer Nick Young underwent thumb surgery to repair a torn ligament, knocking him out for about eight weeks


After defeating the Denver Nuggets (98-95), in the exhibition opener, the team lost rookie Jordan Clarkson for at least a week with moderate calf strain in their 120-105 loss to the Golden State Warriors.

On Saturday, point guard Jeremy Lin sprained his left ankle in practice, knocking him out for the Lakers' rematch against the Warriors on Sunday.

The team did not fare well — getting pummeled 116-75.  Steve Nash sat out the second half because something didn't feel right to the 40-year-old veteran point guard.

The team has also missed Xavier Henry (back) and Ryan Kelly (hamstring), but both have started to increase their activity in practice.

If there's good health news to be had, Kobe Bryant (coming off knee and Achilles injuries) was effective in the Lakers' preseason opener.  The All-Star guard started strong individually against the Warriors on Thursday but his team quickly fizzled.

The Lakers did impress in their first game but were far, far less effective in the next two, especially defensively.

The team hopes to finally have both Bryant and Nash healthy at the same time, a rarity over the two years since Nash joined the team.

Coach Byron Scott has looked to limit the minutes of his older players through the preseason.

Warriors Coach Steve Kerr said he still believes in Nash.  While the NBA's oldest player has been encouraged about health and performance thus far — sitting out part of the game on Sunday is certainly cause for concern.

Meanwhile, rookie Julius Randle has been uneven through three games.  Scott would like the former Kentucky forward to improve his conditioning.

The Lakers coach would also prefer his team to average just 10 to 15 three-point attempts a game.

A gambling website has the Lakers winning just 32 1/2 games this season.

Finally, the NBA's new television deal may help give the Lakers sizable spending power in 2016.

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