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"I think a lot of people expect him to play at that level and that might not be realistic," Lakers coach Byron Scott said. "I think he’s a very good basketball player, but the numbers he was putting up at that particular time were All-Star type numbers. … That’s kind of hard to say if he can get back to that level or not, but again, he can be a very good basketball player in this league for a long time." Bergen Record

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Safe to say Nick Young had some fury to unleash against his former team. But three weeks after the Lakers sixth man declared, “I hate the Wizards,” coach Byron Scott said Young will be unavailable to play Tuesday night, sidelined by a sprained right ankle suffered in Monday’s practice. For a Lakers team that has been beaten down by injuries, most recently and notably Kobe Bryant’s torn rotator cuff, it’s just another blow. “It’s one of those things,” Scott said, “one guy gets down, there seems to be a snowball effect and it just keeps happening. Just got to keep trying to plug guys in and see what happens.” Orange County Register

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Either way, Scott said he wasn't happy with Young's effort. "It looked to me that he didn't want to be here," Scott said. "At halftime, we showed stuff on the tape where he was guarding [Houston swingman Corey] Brewer in the corner. I asked [Young], 'What were you thinking on his play?' The answer he gave me, I couldn't figure it out. So I just felt with his body language that he didn't want to play tonight, so I chose not to play him." ESPN.com

The Lakers' reserve guard was then a no-show after the Lakers' 99-87 loss to Houston, leaving without speaking to reporters after going scoreless for the first time for the Lakers in eight minutes of playing time -- his fewest as a Laker. ESPN.com

Lin didn't play in the Lakers' 99-85 loss at San Antonio on Friday, missing a game for the first time in his first season. He returned to coach Byron Scott's rotation in Sunday's game against Houston, playing as a reserve in the first quarter. ''I'm going to show up and do my best to play and work hard and stuff, but it definitely hurts,'' Lin said before Sunday's game in his first public comments since being a healthy scratch. ''I'm human. I've got emotions, too. ... It's discouraging sometimes. It's disappointing sometimes. All of those emotions, of course. I don't think anybody would feel great after a DNP, anybody. It doesn't matter who you are.'' NBA.com

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