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Steve Nash listed as “doubtful” for Lakers game Friday

Nov 1, 2012, 5:52 PM EDT

Steve Nash

Well, this isn’t going to help the Lakers get things figured out.

Steve Nash is officially listed as “doubtful” for the Lakers Friday night nationally televised game against the Clippers, tweets reporter Mike Trudell (not to mention pretty much all the Lakers media in attendance).

Nash was injured when Portland rookie Damian Lillard accidentally kneed Nash in the shin during the second quarter of Wednesday’s game. Nash went to the locker room, tried to come out and play in the third quarter but said he couldn’t really move laterally, and went back to the locker room. It is officially just a “lower leg contusion.”

It’s not a serious injury, but Nash is 38 and these kind of things can linger for a little while.

The Lakers need Nash on the floor because they need to figure a lot of things out on both ends of the floor. Nash is the guy coach Mike Brown says has to be the guy instigating the offense, choosing between running pick-and-rolls or starting a Princeton offense set (or just trying to score in transition). That’s a lot of options and the Lakers 25 turnovers against the Blazers is a clear sign they are not all on the same page. Or maybe even reading the same book at this point. The way they get there is time together on the court.

(And this is not even talking the defensive side of the ball, where the Laker have been worse.)

This isn’t really serious in the long term, but it’s another setback for a team that is already way behind the curve.

  1. elComandanteenJefe - Nov 1, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    Big fan of Steve Nash since his days with the Mavs and really enjoyed watching him play with the Suns and that high powered offense they had. Now that he is with the Lakers, for some reason he looks uncomfortable and out of place when running the offense. These guys need to be allowed to play their game in order for them to be successful. The Miami Heat were a perfect example of this during their first year together. Hopefully he gets it together for them.

  2. misterdreamer119 - Nov 1, 2012 at 6:35 PM

    Hes ancient.

  3. 00maltliquor - Nov 1, 2012 at 6:42 PM

    This is just all kinds of bad. I don’t know what’s worse, not having Steve Nash play or having to start and give big minutes to Steve Blake. FML.

    Hopefully there is a silver lining and either Chris Duhon, Darius Morris and/or Darius Johnson-Odom plays so well off the bench that when Nash comes back Coach is forced to play either one of those guys behind Nash and banish Flake to the bench for good.

    To his credit though, last night Steve Blake did play one of his top 5 best games he’s ever played in a Laker uniform, despite leading our team to yet another asskicking and putting up some pretty uninspiring numbers, he managed to not turn the ball over, went 3-4 from the field and it his only 3 on his way to 7 pts., 3 reb., 3 ast. and was a shocking +3. Ladies and gentlemen, that’s about as good as it’s going to get w/ him. Rope, check. Tall chair, check……

  4. timb12 - Nov 1, 2012 at 6:42 PM

    They need to let Steve get Nashty.

  5. paulhargis53 - Nov 1, 2012 at 6:46 PM

    With the minutes the starters are playing, this is the 1st in a long line of stuff like this happening. Get used to it.

    • sellahh - Nov 1, 2012 at 7:08 PM

      You, trolls & haters love to bring up that ‘weak bench’ argument. It’s crap, unfortunately, or you’ve been watching basketball since today. How many minutes do the bench players play in the playoffs exactly? Starters’ minutes are always in the high thirties during the playoffs. Plus, Dwight + 4 scrubs is still better than most teams and if you disagree, you havent watched the Magic run to the finals.
      Now Paul, you can calmly crawl back into your hole.

      • bougin89 - Nov 2, 2012 at 10:54 AM

        Welp, if you think it was just Dwight and 4 scrubs on the Magic that made it to the finals in 2009 you must not have watched the same playoffs that I did. Turkoglu had a really good season and even better playoffs that year, also Rashard Lewis was at his absolute best and they had guys like Jameer Nelson playing very well.

  6. paulhargis53 - Nov 1, 2012 at 7:33 PM

    Benches in the playoffs go 8-9 deep.

    You have NO bench at all!!

    You’re Howard and scrubs argument is idiotic. Howard with the other “4 hall of famers is 0-2.
    And if you think that the Magic were 4 scrubs, you’re more ignorant than I thought.

    • mytthor - Nov 1, 2012 at 9:43 PM

      Benches in the playoffs absolutely do NOT go 8-9 deep. You are allergic to facts.

      • bougin89 - Nov 2, 2012 at 11:00 AM

        I don’t want to get in the middle of trash talking but really? Benches in the playoffs absolutely go 8-9 deep.

    • bozosforall - Nov 1, 2012 at 9:43 PM

      The Puh C’s haven’t won schit yet this season either…and Garnett just looked old the other night. As for scrubbing, time to get back to your custodial job, Pudhummer53.

      • sellahh - Nov 1, 2012 at 11:25 PM

        Paul is a troll and benches in the playoffs go 4 deep at best. I’m still taking Steve, Meeks, Jamison, Hill and Howard over your team, unless it’s Miami.

      • bozosforall - Nov 2, 2012 at 12:49 PM

        Pud is the biggest loser here

  7. cosanostra71 - Nov 1, 2012 at 7:56 PM

    hope he gets better soon. We need him, and he’s also pretty fun to watch.

  8. warriors2533 - Nov 1, 2012 at 9:27 PM

    Of course he’s hurt he’s 38 turning 39… He’s not 28 years old and winning MVPs…. bad addition by the lakers…. Should have gone after mike Conley

    • mytthor - Nov 1, 2012 at 9:44 PM

      Mike Conley? MIKE CONLEY?

      Age doesn’t have anything to do with whether people hit you in the shin with their knee.

    • 00maltliquor - Nov 2, 2012 at 1:13 AM

      Mike Conley!??? Please man, he’s gotta be one of the worst, most overrated starting PG’s in the game. I’d rather keep Steve Blake (!!!) and his two years then have to be locked into him for 4 years at roughly around 8 mill on average. Stop it.

  9. jerdogthompson - Nov 1, 2012 at 10:02 PM

    Hate to say it but a fairly standard playoff rotation is in fact 8-9. Not to mention you Fak-Lakers fans r running your mouths again like playoffs are a given. Don’t be too confident about that.

    I’ve said this time and time again. This team has 4 future HOF and will certainly get theirs on occasion. However, INJURIES are a part of the game. Minor Injury at 22-25 will require an ice pack and a missed game at most. Minor injury at 38-39 well let’s just say it can be a Multi week event.

    The sooner you Fak-Laker fans accept this simple truth the sooner you can get down off your soap box and take a giant dose of reality. Once you have, It’s all good. Enjoy.

    • sellahh - Nov 1, 2012 at 11:14 PM

      Hate to say it. We still have Dwight Howard.
      Didn’t really read the rest of your post mate.

    • 00maltliquor - Nov 2, 2012 at 1:20 AM

      I PROMISE you playoffs for the LAKERS is a given! See me about it come April . PROMISE. Capital P-romise.

  10. lakerluver - Nov 2, 2012 at 12:12 AM

    Pudhummer??!! Now THAT’S funny!! Nash will miss a game or two, big freaking deal. So what he’s 38. Dallas won with J. Kidd and Nash is better now than Kidd was then!! Like Kobe said, “SHUT UP”!!!!!! Anybody with an ounce of sense (that eliminates you, pudhummer53) knows the West is coming down to Okc & the LAKERS. 50-54 wins will be enough. Even if Okc has home court advantage, by the playoffs it won’t matter. Barring serious injury (and with more focus and defensive intensity) the LAKERS will be a well-oiled machine by spring time!!

  11. lakerluver - Nov 2, 2012 at 12:24 AM

    Heck, the LAKERS don’t even have the Princeton down yet and the team is shooting over 50% from the field and scoring over 100 pts. The offense hasn’t even scratched the surface yet. The defense is another question. But it will get there as well. Hate all you want, pudhummer53IQ, and the rest of you clowns. But you’re just afraid of what the LAKERS will ultimately become!!

  12. paulhargis53 - Nov 2, 2012 at 8:41 AM

    mytthor: just for your edification:
    Last years minutes played in the playoffs for your Lakers.
    Bryant 39.6
    Peace 39.3
    Bynum 37.6
    Gasol 37.0
    Blake 25.5
    Hill 18
    Barnes 16.8
    Ebanks 14

    That looks like 9 deep to me…..
    There is no excuse for you to look this dumb when the internet is at your fingertips.

  13. paulhargis53 - Nov 2, 2012 at 8:47 AM


    When you two are done touching dunks, if in fact, you are two different posters(I have my doubts) I’d like to ask the coward laker liver why I haven’t gotten an answer on my bet?
    You know, the one where I said the Lakers don’t make the WCF? If I’m right, you leave PBT, never to cone back, no new screen names. If I’m wrong, I’m gone?

    Come on coward, what’s your answer. Bigmouth too scared?

    As for Bozo, Jesus, if all you have is pudhummer and I’m a janitor, you aren’t really worth the effort anymore.

  14. kavika6 - Nov 2, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    I’ll bet the Clippers hope the old man plays tonight. Lakers are winless with him at the point for a reason. As usual, OVERRATED!

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