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Steve Nash suffers bruised shin, to be re-evaluated Thursday

Nov 1, 2012, 9:05 AM EDT

Lakers Steve Nash smiles as he plays in the Lakers season opening game against  Dallas Reuters

Wednesday night, in the second quarter of the Lakers second ugly loss to start the season, Steve Nash and Blazers rookie Damian Lillard collided and Nash was clearly hurt, heading to the locker room.

He came back out for the second half, but it quickly became clear that he was not right and he played just 1:16 before heading back to the locker room.

The Lakers are calling it a shin contusion and saying they don’t know if this will keep him out of Friday’s game against the Clippers. Nash will be re-evaluated on Thursday.

Nash said he wants to play but even he has no idea, as reported by Dave McMenamin of

“I guess I wouldn’t want to say right now (whether he will play) but I’m definitely hopeful,” Nash told reporters after the game….

“It was sore but I went out to try and play and then I planted on it and it just kind of gave out on me,” Nash said. “It was sore and functionally I couldn’t plant on it, or push off on it, or accelerate.”

Nash had only 2 points and 4 assists in his limited play. While it didn’t seem like it to Lakers fans, the offense actually was better Wednesday night, putting up 106 points and scoring 113.1 points per 100 possessions. That will get you wins most nights… if you play any defense. But that has done the Lakers in two games in a row now — the Lakers gave up 108.7 points per 100 possessions to Dallas and then 113.1 to Portland. Keep playing like that over the course of the season and it would be one of the very worst defenses in the NBA (Charlotte was worst in the league at 110.4 last season).

  1. magicbucs - Nov 1, 2012 at 9:10 AM

    He’s almost 40. He won’t last

  2. paulhargis53 - Nov 1, 2012 at 9:27 AM

    Defense was supposed to be the bread and butter….. Wheels are coming off way earlier than expected.

  3. isujames - Nov 1, 2012 at 9:32 AM

    Old and fragile.

  4. moseskkim - Nov 1, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    Correlation v causation. Just because he’s old doesn’t mean anyone else wouldnt have gotten hurt in the same situation. Now if he heals slower okay. But getting hurt.. I don’t think it was cuz he’s old.

  5. clevelandschronic2 - Nov 1, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    Aww poor guy. Bruised shin lmao what a P***y. If any one has ever played soccer b4 u will know this is common. He is just too old and he cant handle a little bit of pain

    • franchiseplaya - Nov 1, 2012 at 10:10 AM

      Nash is actually quite renowned for his soccer playing even going as far as to put on a celebrity/charity soccer tourney every year. im sure hes taken a few kicks to the shins in his day. if its enough to take him out of a game it must be painful. we’ve all seen pics of him coming back into games a bloody mess with bandages and stitches before.

  6. lakerluver - Nov 1, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    Your “wheels” fell off a long time ago…the wheels of sanity. But I digress. Fear not fellow LAKERS fans, in the end this team will have over 50 wins and will represent the Western Conf in the NBA Finals. The defense will improve and offensively the LAKERS will be unstoppable.

  7. paulhargis53 - Nov 1, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    Lakerluver, still attempting humor? Stop, its not your strong suit.Oh, wait a minute posting about basketball isn’t either and that doesn’t stop you.

    I’m amazed your still with us, I thought for sure you’d being swing from a rafter somewhere-damn our luck.

  8. lakerluver - Nov 1, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    And if Nash proves to be injury prone it’s still ok. There’s another all world pg in Los Angeles who probably would love to put on the LAKERS jersey next season. And I ain’t referring to Magic Johnson either!! I’ll give you a hint: rhymes with CP3. Don’t laugh, it could very well happen. However, first things first.

    • jt1138 - Nov 1, 2012 at 11:54 AM

      Yes, because with Kobe’s monster contract still in play, Dwight getting a max contract, and the fact that you will still have to go get shooters, you’ll be able to get CP3’s max contract as well. Cause that makes sense. CP3 will resign with the Clippers, or go to NY.

      • zacksdad - Nov 1, 2012 at 12:39 PM

        CP3 will resign with the Clippers or sign with Dallas. Lakers have no way to offer him any money worth while. And I think Dallas is about the only decent team that can offer him serious money.

    • quinninin - Nov 1, 2012 at 1:19 PM

      You make me laugh with your limited basketball knowledge.

      See the thing is Kobe is making 30 mil next year, add Pau’s 19 mil, Steve Nash’s 9 mil, Meta’s 7 mil player option (no way he is getting that on the open market, so he is def resigning) plus blake, duhon, and jordan hill at 3.5 mil each. What you get is a team that is so far over the cap, they cant sign free agents.

      Oh yah all those numbers dont include dwights salary next year. Pretty clear to see the Lakers have to make the current roster work.

      Probably at this point would be smart to trade pau for some assets while he still have value. Otherwise it looks like its going to be tough for the lakers to get Dwight some help next off season.

  9. lakerluver - Nov 1, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    Dude, according to your basketball “expertise”, D12 won’t be available until March. Oh, wait, according to you he won’t even be a LAKER!! Your credibility is no good here, sir.

  10. paulhargis53 - Nov 1, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    I see your back to out and out lying again to try and retaliate. I admitted I was wrong about Howard going to L.A.- I can see why you cling to the 1 time I was wrong. But, I never said anything about March- ever.
    I will say this, if they keep playing him 40 a night, which they have to- no bench, he will not last.

    Your credibility took a sh*t the 1st time you posted on here.
    Find a rope, and a beam to fasten it to-0-3 after the clippers game.
    Chris Paul is happy where he’s at, with the best team in L.A.

  11. infectorman - Nov 1, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    ever meet one of those dudes that tries to pull off the “long-hair” look, but ends up looking like an greasy, level-3 sex offender that roams around libraries and schoolyards?

    Steve, love the new haircut….about time bro

  12. xcastorx - Nov 1, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    CP3 will resign with the Clippers thats why he’s active at recruiting players in offseason.

  13. lakerluver - Nov 1, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    As “presently constructed” the LAKERS can’t offer him a max deal. But hypothetically speaking let’s say the LAKERS move Pau or amnesty him, and trade Nash to say Toronto next season, could you see CP3 in PURP & GOLD then?!! If you’re CP3 and you have your choice between the LAKERS franchise with Dwight and Kobe or the Clips with two one-dimensional highlight reel players and a tradition of losing? The Clips will always be 2nd fiddle to the LAKERS. It may not happen but it is not out of the question by a long shot! If you think it is you haven’t been following the LAKERS.

    • quinninin - Nov 1, 2012 at 1:20 PM

      No one is trading for a 38 year old point guard with 18 mil left on his contract, not happening

  14. lakerluver - Nov 1, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    What if Nash retires after this season? Don’t act like CP3 joining the LAKERS can’t happen, my friends. After all, Blake G. was a Clip before CP3 got there AND the team was in Los Angeles. But not once was it reported that CP3 actually WANTED to play for the Clips!!

  15. lakerluver - Nov 1, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    The LAKERS plan was for CP3 AND Dwight to come to L.A. But Stern mucked it up. For now, that is!!!

  16. rocirius - Nov 1, 2012 at 2:41 PM

    CP3 going to the lakers after this season IS out of the question by a long shot. If the Clippers finish with a better record than the lakers or advance further in the playoffs, he would have absolutely no reason to change teams. The Clippers have a much greater chance of having the better record or advancing further, or both, than the lakers have of getting Chris Paul after the season.

  17. paulhargis53 - Nov 1, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    Guys, you’re dealing with a mental midget in lakerluver. He’s not going to the Lakers for several reasons, first and foremost because of $.

    I’ve tried telling this dope over and over that the cba landscape is changing and he won’t get it through his meathead.

    His li.e of reasoning is that the lakers have always done it, they’ll continue to do it. It’s like arguing with a 4 year old.

    It’s more fun and much easier to ridicule his sorry homeristic, hypocritical a**.

  18. lakerluver - Nov 1, 2012 at 4:22 PM

    Now do you see why I changed your username to something more fitting, paulhargis53IQ? You’re still the only person on this site who thinks the LAKERS are just going to sink into mediocrity after Kobe retires. They’re just gonna sign Dwight long-term and that’s it. They’re just going to take all the money that’s coming off the books in two years and do absolutely nothing with it. Even after you read an article on this very site that clearly laid it out you still refuse to accept it. You are the worst kind of idiot. Even when everybody else can see what’s going to happen, YOU can’t. I’m done trying to educate you. You’re hopeless and clueless.

  19. paulhargis53 - Nov 1, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    You are the one that doesn’t get it squish mitten. I’m not having our original argument all over again. You refuse to read the cba, you refuse to understand the max contract situation, you refuse to understand the penalties they will incur for being over the tax thresh hold, the repeater penalties.

    You don’t have a clue, and you should quit posting about things you know nothing about, so basically, quit posting.

    0-3 squish mitten….BELIEVE IT!!

  20. lakerluver - Nov 1, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    Soooo, let me get this straight. Not only am I wrong but so is the writer of the story that appeared on this very site about what the LAKERS are going to do in 2-3 years? Wow!!! Dude, I give up, you win.

  21. paulhargis53 - Nov 1, 2012 at 6:26 PM

    Read the F’n CBA! Why do you think Harden is in Houston right now?!
    Offering him a max contract couldn’t be done. I don’t care how much TV $ L.A. gets, going over the luxury tax incurs penalties. They may get another player to go there, but then they stuck with a crappy bench-sound familiar? It should. Its what has been going on the last 3 years now in L.A.

    If 2nd round exits are what you’re looking for, more power to ya.

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