Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error NEW ORLEANS >> The pain looked overwhelming as Nick Young stayed on the ground. So did the frustration as two teammates helped him off the court.After starting his season off on the right foot, Young then landed awkwardly on it. The Lakers determined Young has a strain in his right Achilles tendon, an injury that preceded the team’s listless play in a 105-88 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday at Smoothie King Center.Young hardly looked upset afterwards. He talked trash with teammates in the locker room as always. He walked around the locker room to put pressure on his foot. He downplayed the severity of his injury in a brief inquiry with Southern California News Group.And yet… While veteran guard Jose Calderon had only two points on 1-of-5 shooting in his sixth start in the past seven games, Jordan Clarkson and Lou Williams posted a combined 25 points on 9-of-28 shooting.“It was real tough,” Clarkson said. “We just have to figure out how to get over it.”The Lakers could not do that once Young left less than two minutes into the game.After unsuccessfully contesting a layup from Pelicans guard Tim Frazier that drew a 6-2 lead with 10:17 remaining in the first quarter, Young favored his right foot after landing on it. He then hobbled to the sideline near the scorer’s table. After Lakers trainer Marco Nunez treated Young, Williams and Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr. helped Young off the court.“Obviously we were concerned about something serious and concerned about him,” Nance said. “It’s unfortunate. But I think it’ll be better than what we feared.”The Lakers can only hope the worst entailed the Pelicans leading by as many as 28 points while the Lakers shot 5-of-30 from 3-point range.“When he went down, it kind of stunned us a little bit,” Walton said. “It’s no excuse to let that affect the entire first half. At some point, we have to start fighting back even if one of our guys goes down.” “He’s always going to be a positive and upbeat guy and not let anything get him down,” said Lakers forward Julius Randle, who had 12 points and 10 rebounds after missing the past three games with a hip protector. “That’s the catch to it all. You don’t know if he’s positive or really hurt, or if he’s positive and will be all right. Hopefully it’s not serious.”After all, Young jokingly contended he needed surgery last week to treat a sprain in the second toe of his left foot, an injury that actually just kept him out for one game. The Lakers (9-10) will have more answers on Young’s latest injury when he receives an MRI on Wednesday before playing in Chicago.Young offered some encouragement that he walked out of the Lakers’ locker room wearing a walking boot instead of nursing crutches. Lakers coach Luke Walton said the training staff has not ruled out Young playing against the Bulls. The Lakers can only hope considering they already missed starting point guard D’Angelo Russell, who traveled with the team on its four-game trip to rehab a sore left knee that kept him out for the past week.“It will be tough,” Walton said of Young’s possible absence. “Without breaking up that second unit, filling in the shooting guard spot while D’Angelo is already hurt, we’ll have to get creative with what we do.”The Lakers could not absorb a diminished backcourt against the Pelicans (7-12), which avenged a 27-point loss to the Lakers earlier this month with by relying on Anthony Davis (41 points, 16 rebounds) and Jrue Holiday (22 points).