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Steve Nash out for Lakers on Tuesday vs. Mavericks

Apr 2, 2013, 2:03 PM EDT

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It what is the biggest must-win game of the season for the Lakers Tuesday night — at home against the Mavericks, the two teams chasing the Jazz for the final playoff spot in the West — they will be without one of their key off-season acquisitions.

Steve Nash, who has been limited the last couple Lakers games with a hip injury, is out Tuesday night, according to official Lakers reporter Mike Trudell.

This was expected, the Lakers had hinted this was coming. Steve Blake will get the start in his place.

The Lakers enter Tuesday night half a game back of the Jazz but still tied in the loss column. Win and Los Angeles is tied. Lose and they are a game back — and Utah has the tie breaker (the Jazz won the season series), so the Lakers can’t finish the season tied with the Jazz. Being one game back is like being two back for them.

The Mavericks are two back, one in the loss column. Lose to the Lakers and they are virtually out of it, having to leapfrog two teams with 8 games left in their season. Win and they are still in it (plus they get to .500 and get to shave their beards).

It’s not a literal must-win, but it’s close to it. Very close.

  1. patfic15 - Apr 2, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    Goodbye 2013 Lakers….much sooner than this game of course. Mavs are gonna go ahead and apply the final nail.

    • asimonetti88 - Apr 2, 2013 at 2:18 PM

      We’ll see. It will be a good game regardless. Both teams are fighting for the same playoff spot, and both have been playing well lately. I expect a physical game. Obviously I hope the Lakers win, but I think it will be a good watch either way.

      • patfic15 - Apr 2, 2013 at 2:45 PM

        I liked the addition of Nash. Howard..not so much. Really thought they would go further. I guess injuriesand chemistry too much to oovercome.

      • patfic15 - Apr 2, 2013 at 2:45 PM

        I liked the addition of Nash. Howard..not so much. Really thought they would go further. I guess injuriesand chemistry too much to overcome.

      • asimonetti88 - Apr 2, 2013 at 2:48 PM

        I think that bad defense is the biggest culprit for the Lakers. Injuries have certainly played a part too.

    • bgm9876 - Apr 2, 2013 at 5:26 PM

      Lakers won’t be the same for a long time. Kidding there just as worse as they are now!!! Well no more Kobe next year so they will be just as worse and then they should cut “superman”

    • asimonetti88 - Apr 3, 2013 at 1:41 AM

      looks like the Lakers live to fight another day. The score wasn’t close but it was a pretty good game. Mavs gave a few good runs but the Lakers were too much in the end. Good performances all around by the Lakers and Earl Clark stepped up.

  2. bucrightoff - Apr 2, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    Steve Nash, from running the fastest offense in the league to spot up shooter, and all it cost was two number one picks on an aging team that has no depth. Time will not look back fondly at this trade.

  3. paulhargis53 - Apr 2, 2013 at 4:21 PM

    Kobe is done playing for titles, these moves this year sealed the deal. Nobody wants Pau. Artest will be amnestied. Nothing of bench value, no draft picks.

    Josh Smith? Ick. But u hop la puns their hopes on him….

  4. michaeljordanseviltwin - Apr 2, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    I’ve never commented on spelling, typing or grammatical errors on this blog but COME ON! At least get the first word of a post correct.

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