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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. alfiemonstaa - Apr 25, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    T A N K I N G -T H E -P L A Y O F F S


  2. magicbucs - Apr 25, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    Hahahahaha!…. Duhon. Have fun with that Dwight and lakers. Gary Payton still around?

    • Foul Dwimmerlaik - Apr 25, 2013 at 10:40 PM

      So… how is your team doing? At the end of the day, it still feels good that we still fared better than idiots like you. Considering your inane posts, I will take our situation any day compared to yours. LOL!

    • badintent - Apr 25, 2013 at 11:32 PM

      Gary is busy help Seattle get back an NBA team. Bless him
      Anyone got AI ‘s cell # ???

  3. asimonetti88 - Apr 25, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    This is just sad. You hate seeing teams suffer injuries in the playoffs. The playoffs aren’t as much fun when teams aren’t at full strength. I was hopeful the Lakers could win a game or maybe even two but I don’t see it happening with this lineup.

  4. HotHotHeat - Apr 25, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    I heard Smush Parker is available….

  5. ihavenonickname - Apr 25, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    Oddly, this feels like a fitting end to a disastrous season.

  6. jimsjam33 - Apr 25, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    Maybe D’Antoni can suit up . He was better than all these flim flam tootsie players on the Lakers . Did anybody play a full season ?

    • asimonetti88 - Apr 25, 2013 at 5:31 PM

      nobody played the full 82. Kobe, Dwight, Jamison, Meeks and Metta were the only ones to play over 75.

      • zacksdad - Apr 25, 2013 at 6:57 PM

        Yea but Jamison was benched for unknown reason, so he may have been able to play all 82. He must have not shared his his Life cereal with Mikey and Mikey threw a tantrum. Mikey also did not get along with Dwight, Pau, and probably even Kobe. But he was a great hire by Jimmie. Hopefully they come to their senses and fire Mike Beta 2 and some other team can pick him up so we do not owe him anything.

  7. dannymac17 - Apr 25, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    The tears. They are so delicious.

  8. readysethike - Apr 25, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    Allen Iverson called, he says he’s available haha

  9. erckle31 - Apr 25, 2013 at 5:19 PM


    To say this season has been a disaster would not do it justice. Jesus.

    Sincerely, sad sad…sad Laker fan. Well at least I can watch the playoffs objectively now…

  10. mazblast - Apr 25, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    If the Lakers win this series in the script-by-Disney manner that would be required for this motley bunch to triumph, we’ll know the not-so-invisible hand of David Stern is at work. The Spurs aren’t what they used to be, but they’re easily good enough to finish this thing in LA.

    Getting swept could be good for the Lakers and their fans. Perhaps the front office and the fans would realize that in order to win in this league, it takes more than just your first string. You need more than just bodies on the bench, you need role players who can step up. The Heat learned that lesson the hard way two years ago and upgraded their support for LeBron, Dyane, and what’s-his-name. Meeks? Blake? Duhon? Morris? Goudelock? Please.

    You also need younger bodies who can handle the grind; Steve Nash at age 39 just doesn’t cut it. The current bunch is undertalented, old, injury-prone, and just not up to it.

  11. simonwelds - Apr 25, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    Lakers doubtful for game 5

    • erckle31 - Apr 25, 2013 at 6:55 PM

      Clever. I like it haha.

  12. youthainow - Apr 25, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    This really shows why you shouldn’t spend all your money on 4 guys. No depth at all.

  13. deavn - Apr 25, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    Damn, the Lakers can’t catch a break. This is probably the worst season I’ve seen the Lakers go through. Oh, well at least the Cavs got their draft pick so I could care less how well the Lakers do. Hope they all get well soon though.

    • danfrommv - Apr 25, 2013 at 7:36 PM

      Then you probably don’t remember Cedric Ceballos…or Don Ford. Those teams weren’t very good. But this has been a very underachieving year.

      The window has closed. Now it is just a matter of how much blowing up of the team they do. Even if they bring this core back next year, it has no real shot at contending. Just too old and slow.

  14. kobeluver - Apr 25, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    Say your goodbyes to lakerluver now.
    He’s losing his bet to me in 2 more lakers losses.

    No need to thank me…..
    but your welcome.

  15. redstar504 - Apr 25, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    Someone said it as a joke but really right now I would bring AI in for a workout at least. I am really not up on player acquisition during the playoffs so it may not even be permissible.

    The Lakers at this point are in a bad spot even if he is a drunk at this point in his life his skills shouldn’t have eroded to the point he can’t be better than the options they have. Sure, it would be a circus but hey it’s L.A. everything is a circus bringing in Iverson might give them some type of spark and right now a spark is something they need.

    It’s crazy if someone said after the Howard trade that at this point in the season I would be rationalizing the Lakers bringing in Allen Iverson I would have thought they were crazy. It is amazing what a injuries can do to a team.

  16. zickhead - Apr 25, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    I hate the lakers and Howard and hope they get swept. However there’s no excuse for Lakers sucking so bad, Howard carried the Magic to the Finals with Rafer as pg. Lakers still have Gasol, World Peace and Jamison who are probably slightly better than the Magic supporting cast of Lewis, Turkgalo and Lee.

    • Foul Dwimmerlaik - Apr 25, 2013 at 10:50 PM

      It’s refreshing to see posts like this. I’m a Laker fan and I can respect this kind of comment.

  17. pvaz869 - Apr 25, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    You know it’s been a bad year in Lakerland when an injury to Steve Blake dashes playoff hopes.

    The icing on the cake will be when Laker fans look at the starting line up and realize that it’s a must-win playoff game rather than a some-Tuesday-in-August summer league game

  18. cochranlawyer - Apr 25, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    The biggest problem is Dantoni is still around. Talk about a guy you wish would be put on I Jared reserve and out for the season. To start the year he hates on Pau, now he inks they can play together. I am a big Kobe fan, but Mike had to limit his minutes at times to rest Him. It was insane that Kobe led the league in playing mins at his age after 17 yrs in the league. And for those that say, he could not tell Kobe what to do, then if Dantoni had done a better job coaching a playing Pau before the injury then maybe Lakers aren’t chasing the 8th seed so hard at end of season. He knew he had older roster and they would need rest at end of the season before playoffs. H has no grasp of how to coach a team anymore. How easily is his failures with Knicks and lack of real success with suns going to be forgotten. Sure his teams could throw some points up, but the lakers aren’t even designed to do that. Don’t blame the guy for accepting a large pay day, I blame Jim buss. Maybe their is a way Jeannie can take over operations moving forward so that stupid hires like this don’t help derails Kobe’s efforts from getting a 6th ring. What a waste of a year as a laker fan. Can’t wait for next year!!! Especially if new coach is hired and Kobe is healthy.

  19. danfrommv - Apr 25, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    At least they made the playoffs, and screwed the Suns out of a lottery pick.
    In two years the Lakers will make the Bobcats look good…and will be the most profitable team in NBA history with all of the teams over the cap paying THEM luxury tax. Welcome to the Jim Buss era

  20. 00maltliquor - Apr 25, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    ANDREW Goudelock. Get it right!

  21. soundsofsuccess7 - Apr 25, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    Goudelock can put the ball in the hoop pretty well.

    Darius Morris also isn’t horrible. It ain’t over yet. Just almost.

  22. 00maltliquor - Apr 25, 2013 at 8:46 PM

    eff me sidewayz man. Someone put a hex on this Laker season. Uuuggh.

  23. bucrightoff - Apr 25, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    Pop might just give Parker and Ginobli a night off the recover, and the Spurs will still win. Advantages of depth. Lakers should modelled themselves after the Spurs, and well, so should everyone I guess.

  24. magicbucs - Apr 25, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    Hey foul… You should be more disappointed than us magic fans. We knew our YOUNG TEAM was going to struggle. You wack lakers were screaming championship with all the “Allstar” and “superstar” power. You barely get into the playoffs and are about to get swept.

    At least when Dwight was in Orlando he made the playoffs no less seeded than 5th 5 years in a row, made the finals once and conf finals twice with no other superstar, just a bunch of players who played hard, rotated on Defense and made open shots. I bet Dwight still wishing Stan van Gundy was his coach and he was wearing the blue n black jersey with the white pin stripes.

  25. sunsation3413 - Apr 25, 2013 at 11:29 PM


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