Lakers forwad Ryan Kelly is considered doubtful to play Sunday vs. Charlotte because of tightness in his right hamstring.
Lakers coach Byron Scott said Kelly participated for most of Sunday’s morning shootaround, except for the walk-through session. The Lakers also sat Kelly for most of the past two practices after playing seven minutes in a loss Tuesday to Phoenix. But Scott plans for Kelly to practice on Monday in hopes that he will play in the Lakers’ two-game trip with stops in Memphis (Tuesday) and New Orleans (Wednesday).
“We put together three straight days where it feels better and it hasn’t gone backwards,” Scott said. “That’s a good sign.”
Kelly has played in only one game after staying sidelined with overlapping injuries to his left and right hamstrings. Kelly spent his rookie season averaging eight points on 33.8 percent shooting from beyond the arc.
Scott also said that Lakers forward Nick Young will have his right thumb examined on Monday in hopes. He has stayed sidelined for the past six weeks because of a right thumb injury that required surgery, but he has participated in conditioning drills and has dribbled and shot with his left hand. In recent weeks, Young has worn what Scott called a “soft cast.”
“My understanding is he can start dribbling and passing. They didn’t say anything about shooting, but I don’t think that’s going to go away with him,” Scott said, laughing. “I think he’ll be able to pick up on that pretty soon.”