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Report: Lakers’ Nash and Blake ruled out for Pacers game

Nov 26, 2012, 4:07 PM EDT

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There was some optimism (or at least some wishful thinking from Lakers’ fans) that Steve Nash, Steve Blake, or both would be healthy enough to play Tuesday against the Pacers.

Well, it looks like Mike D’Antoni will go (at least) another game without his top two signal callers. Both Nash and Blake have already been ruled out by the Lakers:

The Lakers have been compensating for missing their top two point guards by having Kobe Bryant take over a majority of the ball handling duties while Darius Morris and Chris Duhon split minutes as the PGINO (point guard in name only).

This tactic has gone relatively well as Kobe has balanced good playmaking ability with his scoring, while Morris (good defense and ability to push the ball) and Duhon (outside shooting) have brought their skills to the table without taking much off it. It’s been a workable solution, though not ideal.

In the coming days, Nash will start to ramp up his rehab by doing non-basketball drills while Blake will continue to receive treatment on his abdominal strain. The team (especially Kobe) hopes that both will be back relatively soon, but Blake is still listed as day to day (aren’t we all?) while Nash is out indefinitely.

After a game heavy holiday week that saw them play five games in seven days, the Lakers play only three contests this week with games against the Nuggets on Friday and the Magic on Sunday after Tuesday’s Pacers game.

  1. magicbucs - Nov 26, 2012 at 5:52 PM

    Who cares…

    • cosanostra71 - Nov 26, 2012 at 9:46 PM

      seeing as you comment on every Lakers article, you do.

      • manchestermiracle - Nov 27, 2012 at 9:50 AM

        He cares in a very negative way, which is to be expected from someone who’s a fan of the Magic.

  2. lakerluver - Nov 26, 2012 at 6:33 PM

    A nice 3-0 week coming up for the LAKESHOW!! Can’t wait for “the Godfather” to return!
    #deadman walking

  3. lakerluver - Nov 26, 2012 at 6:34 PM

    Get off our page then, magicbucs, you silly little troll!!!

    • dko83 - Nov 27, 2012 at 12:16 AM

      Pot calling the kettle black. Or should I say #potcallingthekettleblack so it makes sense to you?

  4. spthegr8 - Nov 26, 2012 at 7:00 PM

    He isn’t just a “TROLL”. He is the “Emperor of The TROLLS”!!!!!!!!!!! GO AWAY HATER!!!!! GO AWAY!!!!!!

  5. spthegr8 - Nov 26, 2012 at 7:06 PM

    Funny he said “who cares..” Apparently HE CARES!!!!! As much as he “TROLLS” on ANY post that is Laker related.

  6. Foul Dwimmerlaik - Nov 26, 2012 at 9:09 PM

    He is just bitter that his team is bound to go fishing (again) by April.

    You know how misery loves company…

  7. bozosforall - Nov 26, 2012 at 10:08 PM

    Poor magic bung…he’s just sore. Sore from all of Magic players giving his bunghole a long workout.

    • eerock41 - Nov 27, 2012 at 9:33 AM

      Because the lakers at 7-7 are doing sooooooo much better then the rebuilding magic at 5-8. lets see 3 superstars (metta does not count and neith does pau) against a few veterans and mostly rookies. 100 million payroll and nothing to show for it. if i was a basketball player i would want to play for the lakers also that is a easy paycheck.

      • manchestermiracle - Nov 27, 2012 at 9:51 AM

        All those rings are nice, too.

      • bozosforall - Nov 27, 2012 at 11:00 PM

        New coach, starting PG out since beginning of the season, new center…brace yourself for how good they will be once the pieces are in place…and be greatful for the early win, slurpcock41.

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