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Lakers again top NBA in games lost to injury

LOS ANGELES -- For the second consecutive season, the Los Angeles Lakers led the NBA in most games lost due to injury. Their players 339 missed games all told, topping last season's league-leading mark of 319.

That figure began inflating before the 2014-15 campaign really began. Point guard Steve Nash never played after being declared out for the season because of back injuries; he was credited with missing 73 games before being waived by the team. Rookie forward Julius Randle missed 81 games after suffering a season-ending broken leg in the Lakers' season opener.

Lakers star Kobe Bryant, who suffered a season-ending shoulder injury in January, also missed 47 games, and reserve guard Nick Young missed 39 games with hand and knee injuries.

All told, the Lakers lost eight guards to injury or retirement this season: Bryant, Nash, Young, Jeremy Lin, Ronnie Price, Xavier Henry, Dwight Buycks and Wayne Ellington.

Jordan Clarkson and Wesley Johnson each missed the team's season finale Wednesday against the Sacramento Kings with sprained left ankles, leaving the team with only eight available players.

Jabari Brown and Vander Blue, called up from the Lakers' NBA Development League affiliate, the Los Angeles D-Fenders, were the Lakers' only guards in Wednesday's game. They are both scheduled to start alongside forwards Ryan Kelly and Jordan Hill and center Tarik Black.