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Steve Nash will sit out for Lakers. Welcome to the Steve Blake era.

Nov 2, 2012, 10:06 PM EDT

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

As we pretty much all expected, Steve Nash will not suit up for the Lakers Friday night against the Clippers, the contusion on his shin still limiting movement too much, Lakers coach Mike Brown confirmed before the game on Friday.

Steve Blake will start, and Brown said both Chris Duhon and Darius Morris could see minutes off the bench behind Blake.

Awaiting the Blake/Duhon/Morris trio are Chris Paul and Eric Bledsoe (who has Vinny Del Negro saying he’s frustrated he can’t find him more minutes because he is playing so well). This should really ease all the fears of Lakers fans.

The bigger issue for the Lakers is this setback also slows their assimilation of Blake with Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol and the hybrid Princeton offense they are trying to run. It’s obvious to the backup guard on a junior high team that the Lakers have no comfort or flow in the offense right now, but the only way they are going to get it is time on the court. And Friday night they are not getting that. And it may be a while longer (Brown said he did not know when Nash could return to practices and games).

  1. cosanostra71 - Nov 2, 2012 at 10:13 PM

    get better soon Steve. The injury looked painful.

  2. lakerluver - Nov 2, 2012 at 10:22 PM

    With or without Nash, I’m predicting a LAKERS victory tonight. I hope!!…By the way, the C’s are now 0-2. What’s their excuse? Ijs! Hee Hee Hee!!

    • scalfor3 - Nov 3, 2012 at 1:46 AM

      5 of the 9 guys in our heavy rotation are new. It’s the same excuse as yours. I think we all know that both the Lakers and C’s will figure it out by the postseason.

      • Foul Dwimmerlaik - Nov 4, 2012 at 9:27 PM

        Agreed. It’s all about the learning curve when there’s a major shake up in the roster.

        Hope both teams will get out of their respective funk.

  3. BigBeachBall - Nov 2, 2012 at 10:25 PM

    Its a strategic fake injury. Lakers are better without nash this early in the season.

  4. Gordon - Nov 2, 2012 at 10:30 PM

    Whereas Smush when you need him?

  5. lakerluver - Nov 2, 2012 at 11:08 PM

    Please, not Smush!! I’d rather they bring back D. Fish!!…How long is a talented player like Bledsoe going to come off the bench? If CP3 re-ups with the Clips Bledsoe should seek a trade. I wonder how many years is he signed for with the Clips. Does anybody know?

  6. paulhargis53 - Nov 3, 2012 at 1:19 AM

    0-3 !!!!

  7. xcastorx - Nov 3, 2012 at 2:13 AM

    Lakers Suck Again! 0-3 on pace to be 0-82

  8. delusionalcardsfan - Nov 3, 2012 at 3:13 AM

    LOL.

  9. paulhargis53 - Nov 3, 2012 at 7:35 AM

    scalfor: Yeah but only one fanbase was bragging all summer and had themselves in the finals before the 1st game had been played…..they look lost unless Kobe is hoisting up shots….this may be a 42-42 team, or worse!

  10. omniusprime - Nov 3, 2012 at 9:03 AM

    Steve Flake proved me correct that he is the weakest link in the :Laker lineup and a disgraceful excuse for an NBA point guard. Now that Ancient Nash is injured the Lakers don’t have a credible point guard. Calling Derek Fisher, calling Derek Fisher. Man get rid of the Flake and bring back the Fish! Go Lakers!!!

  11. paulhargis53 - Nov 3, 2012 at 9:16 AM

    Fisher isn’t the answer, didn’t you see him.play lady year?!?!

    where’s lakerslurper, he guaranteed another win last night. I think your crystal ball has a crack in it….

    0-4 after Sunday!!!

  12. paulhargis53 - Nov 3, 2012 at 9:27 AM

    *last, lady – same difference.

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