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Steve Nash out for Lakers final game, hopes to be ready for playoffs

Apr 16, 2013, 4:25 PM EDT

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If the Lakers are going to make the playoffs, they are going to have to do it without Steve Nash.

That shouldn’t be as surprise, Nash hasn’t set foot on a court since the calendar flipped to April due to a hamstring issue. But it was hoped, with Kobe Bryant out, he could come back. Maybe for the Lakers final game, a win-and-your-in contest against the Rockets Wednesday.

Nope. Via Kevin Ding of the OC Register.

If the Lakers beat the Rockets Wednesday, not only are they in they get the seven seed and will face the Spurs. They have a better chance of beating the Spurs in a seven game series than the Thunder — not nearly as much as some Lakers fans seem to think, their chances are still slim (to be kind), but they are better.

Problem is, the Rockets have something to play for, as well. With a win and a Golden State loss at Portland the Rockets get the six seed. If the Lakers lose and the Jazz beat the Grizzlies, the Lakers are on the outside of the playoffs looking in.

The Lakers big challenge against the Rockets is transition defense — Houston plays at the fastest pace in the league and the Lakers transition defense has been a weakness this season. If the pace is up, the Lakers are in trouble. The Rockets also run a lot of pick-and-roll and Los Angeles was spotty with that defense this season.

Getting Steve Nash back was not going to help their transition or pick-and-roll defense much anyway.

  1. hannsta - Apr 16, 2013 at 6:35 PM

    I love my Blazers but with at least 3 rookies starting again, pencil that one in as a win for the Warriors.

  2. 4thquartermagic - Apr 16, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    I speak for every other team in the NBA, “IF” they make it to the playoffs. GO JAZZ!

  3. mogogo1 - Apr 16, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    I like Nash, but what a rough season. Gets hurt right out of the gate for an extended period, then finishes the season out hurt due to a different injury. He’s going to need to get healthy and stay healthy for next year to avoid becoming a gigantic mistake for them.

    • manchestermiracle - Apr 16, 2013 at 10:15 PM

      Yeah, you don’t hear much whining lately from Suns fans about Nash going to the Lakers. They got out from under him with a bunch of draft picks to boot.

  4. addictedzone - Apr 16, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    And if the Lakers lose and the Jazz win tomorrow night, Nash will be ready for the start of next season.

  5. tsi431 - Apr 17, 2013 at 7:05 AM

    The Rockets are the one team the Lakers have a better chance of winning against without Kobe and Nash. Every other team, this is not the case.

  6. omniusprime - Apr 17, 2013 at 8:58 AM

    If Ancient Trash Nash wants to do something positive for the Lakers then he should retire right now. The Lakers are far better off without this total decrepit deadbeat than they are with him. Plus he can take that worthless piece of garbage pretending to be coach, Dumbtoni. Trash Nash has been absolutely worthless on defense, that is when this injured geezer bothers to play.

    To think this piece of trash garnered two MVP awards when Kobe only received one, now that’s a total injustice.

    Fire Dumbtoni!!! Trade Trash Nash and Steve Flake!!! Get Well Soonest Kobe!!!

  7. seattlenative57 - Apr 17, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    Shouldn’t they hope to MAKE the playoffs before hoping anyone plays IN the playoffs?

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