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112913-YoungLos Angeles Lakers guard Nick Young is expected to play with a splint Friday night against the Detroit Pistons at the Palace of Auburn Hills despite nursing a sprained left ring finger, according to Mark Medina of Inside the Lakers.

The injury came in Wednesday’s 99-94 victory for the Lakers over the Brooklyn Nets after being contested by Paul Pierce as he drove to the basket. X-rays were negative and his finger was taped by team trainer Gary Vitti right after.

He wound up scoring a season-high 26 points, increasing his average to 17.8 points/game on 46.3 percent shooting in his past five games.

Medina offers an interesting point in his article:

Kobe Bryant had worn a splint on his right index finger after fracturing it during the 2009-10 season. Throughout the season, Bryant tinkered with how to play through it. That ranged from taking the splint on and off and transferring the pressure from the ball’s release to his middle finger.

It remains to be seen how Young’s will affect him but it all begins Friday night at 4:30 p.m. PT.