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Lakers’ Blake out indefinitely; Nash, Meeks doubtful for Game 3

Apr 25, 2013, 4:19 PM EDT

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It looks like the Lakers will head into Game 3 against the Spurs Friday night without their top four guards.

Steve Blake is out indefinitely with a right hamstring injury suffered in the fourth quarter of the Lakers latest loss on Wednesday night, the team announced Thursday afternoon. The injury was checked out by ultrasound and found to be moderate but that is enough he is done for a while.

Both Steve Nash (hip and hamstring, for which he had his third epidural) and Jodie Meeks (sprained ankle, kept him out of Game 2) are listed as doubtful for Friday night. Mike D’Antoni said, “realistically Meeks is more doubtful than Nash,” but I wouldn’t bet on either playing.

And we all know that Kobe Bryant is sitting at home with a torn Achilles and not tweeting.

What that means is a lot of Darius Morris (covering Tony Parker), a lot of Andrew Goudelock, a lot of Chris Duhon. All that up against Manu Ginobili and the rest of the Spurs in a must-win game for the Lakers. Good luck with that.

The problem for the Lakers is there advantage is inside but in the NBA you can take away what a team does best in the playoffs — the Spurs have fronted the post, hand help nearby and generally crowded the paint and made life difficult for Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol. The Spurs have size with Tim Duncan and Tiago Splitter, but they are throwing the kitchen sink at the Lakers bigs. The Spurs can do that because they pay no price for largely ignoring the Lakers guards — there is no outside shooting the Spurs fear, no guy slashing into the paint messing up their plans.

You’re not going to beat the Spurs in the playoffs with your first option, you are going to need your second and third options. And right now the Lakers options are not pretty.

And for game three they are just ugly.

  1. badintent - Apr 25, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    Where’s lakerKobe ?Greeting folks buying Knick jerseys at Walmart again ?

  2. delusionalcardsfan - Apr 26, 2013 at 1:44 AM


  3. kavika6 - Apr 26, 2013 at 2:21 AM

    D’Antoni vs. Popovich. Any question?

    It really makes me wonder if Popovich tanked the last two weeks just for the possibility of playing the Lakers in the first round and Denver in the second.

  4. malby65 - Apr 26, 2013 at 3:53 AM

    As a Spurs fan this really doesn’t make me laugh. I find it sad.

  5. kobeluver - Apr 26, 2013 at 8:34 AM

    Lakers record in the last 3 playoff series played….1-10, working on 1-12….lmao!!

    Yeah, but they have 16 banners!!!!

    Couldn’t happen to better fanbase.

  6. 1776blues - Apr 26, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    @zachsdad……… If the Lakers were to release D’Antoni they’d still have to pay him, which would make two coaches not coaching the Lakers being paid and then whoever they brought in would make it three coaches on the payroll. I say they need a coup to oust Jimmie Buss!

    Anyone who relishes in the injuries of teams they don’t like are not true sports fans and are very childish.

  7. kobeluver - Apr 27, 2013 at 8:38 AM

    Brown signed on to coach the Cavs. If the lakers on the hook for any of his salary, it will be negligible. Phil isn’t coming to coach. Who else out there is worthwhile?

    This is a sinking ship.

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