LA Lakers' Ryan Kelly likely out until New Year after hamstring injury

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The Los Angeles Lakers' 2014-15 NBA season has been nothing short of a car crash so far, the famous franchise lurching from one blowout defeat to the next while new coach, and former Showtime star, Byron Scott gets more exacerbated with his sub-par roster by the day.

Another day, another problem

And Tuesday brought more bad news for the Lakers with reports confirming that role player Ryan Kelly is facing up to six weeks out with a hamstring injury.

Kelly, who re-signed with the Lakers this offseason after a promising rookie 2013-14 campaign, limped out of the action during the Lakers recent 136-115 defeat - going down in the second quarter holding his right hamstring.

The Duke graduate underwent an ultrasound test before being examined by doctors in Los Angeles yesterday and it now looks like he will miss the majority, if not all, of the Lakers games until the New Year.

Of course each injury is its own entity and as such no definitive timeline can be put on a comeback. Knowing the Lakers' luck (or lack of) right now it wouldn't be surprising if Kelly faces an extended spell on the sidelines.

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Kelly appeared in 59 of the Lakers' games last season, starting on 25 occasions, but has struggled with injury throughout the early stages of this campaign.

While he is not a starter at this point the power forward may have been in line for increased time in the coming weeks what with coach Scott recently admitting that he was considering wholesale changes should the team's current line up continue to struggle to compete.

Following in Kobe's footsteps

Kelly burst onto the Lakers scene during February 2014, becoming just the third Lakers rookie to post consecutive 17-point plus games. The other two being Kobe Bryant and Eddie Jones.

This latest development however sees Kelly follow his veteran teammate down a more worrying path. With Bryant having appeared in only 10 regular-season contests last season due to injury the Lakers franchise will be hoping that their young power forward will be back in contention for minutes far sooner than their superstar.

In his three games to date this season Kelly has averaged 3.7 points and 1.7 rebounds in 8.2 minutes.

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