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Your Lakers injury update. You’re going to need time to get through all of it.

Apr 25, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

Steve Nash AP

I strained a hamstring just watching the Lakers lose to the Spurs Wednesday night.

Like Odysseus just trying to get home, the basketball gods are not done throwing obstacles in the Lakers way. And obstacles in this case are more injuries.

So here is a rundown of the Lakers injuries as of postgame Wednesday night. Make yourself comfortable, this could take a while.

Steve Nash. Well, he played 31 minutes Tuesday. But he moved like a guy older than his 39 years and by the fourth quarter had a noticeable limp. After the game it was announced he would get an epidural and with that will try to go in Game 3.

Steve Blake. The guard that largely carried the Lakers perimeter game at the end of the regular season checked out in the fourth quarter with an injured right hamstring. He will get an ultrasound on Thursday and his status for Friday will be based on that.

Jodie Meeks. He tried to warm up and give it a go but couldn’t play. He’s got a sprained ankle and will have an MRI on Thursday to see the extent of the damage and if he can go.

Jordan Hill. Well, he returned from hip surgery that was supposed to keep him out through the playoffs, but Mike D’Antoni didn’t let him test it until the final six minutes of the game. Obviously, there will be a lot of rust and conditioning issues.

Kobe Bryant. Do we really need to go there? He’s out. And he’s off twitter during games.

• And just a note to Shaquille O’Neal and the Inside the NBA crew — all those injuries above are part of the reason Dwight Howard isn’t getting the numbers you think he should. You can’t establish an inside game without the threat of an outside game to keep teams from packing the paint.

What’s more the game has changed and the rules have changed — you can’t just dump the ball in the post and have the guy go at it in isolation anymore. The changes to allow zone defense means the help to double a big in the post is much closer than it was at Shaq’s peak. It gets there faster and because teams overload the strong side they cut off the obvious pass out. The only way you get room to operate down there is to have shooters that make teams pay for those doubles after a couple passes. The Lakers don’t have that now. Not close.

  1. kavika6 - Apr 25, 2013 at 8:28 AM

    How smart does Popovich look now? These injuries aren’t just bad luck, Pop knew what he was doing. I won’t go as far as to say the Spurs tanked at the end of the season, but they didn’t seem to put much value in the last couple of weeks of the regular season.

    This is Stern’s worst nightmare.

    • bucrightoff - Apr 25, 2013 at 9:05 AM

      2013 NBA Finals: San Antonio Spurs versus Indiana Pacers, the last NBA Finals of David Stern’s career…now there is Stern’s worst nightmare

      • loungefly74 - Apr 25, 2013 at 9:40 AM

        would love to see the Pacers win it all (if it can’t be my Lakers)…

        if i was to rank the 3 teams on who i want to win (not including the Lakers, of course) it would be:

        Nuggets
        Grizzlies
        Pacers

        that would create a big breathe of fresh air into the league….

      • mazblast - Apr 25, 2013 at 12:46 PM

        Agreed, but it’s not going to happen. As much as I loathe the Heat, on the court they are the class of the league right now. Away from the court? Well, subtract the “c” and the “l”.

        We’ll probably have to “settle” for the Spurs or Thunder being in the finals, their mere presence visibly upsetting The Troll.

      • kavika6 - Apr 25, 2013 at 1:09 PM

        I don’t think the word “Classy” is a good description of the Heat.

  2. ragingmouse - Apr 25, 2013 at 8:41 AM

    The lakers are in deep trouble…might get swept!

    Spurs are looking solid. Great game plan by POP!

  3. omniusprime - Apr 25, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    You can’t establish an inside game with too many stupid three point plays and you sure as heck can’t establish an inside game with a moron like Dumbtoni coaching the team. Dumbtoni has never worked with such great big men like Howard and Gasol, he couldn’t figure out the spacing of these two early on so he sat Gasol to hide his total ignorance.

    This proves the team is just too old, time to get rid of worthless old geezers like Ancient Trash Nash and Steve Flake, both are totally worthless at playing defense and I doubt that Trash can even spell it. The whole idea about getting rid of Fisher was to get younger at point guard then idiot Kupcake went in the wrong direction brining in Trash Nash when he’s all washed up.

    Hopefully the Lakers will have a better year next year with less injuries. That won’t do us Laker fans any good unless the Lakers fire Dumbtoni and replace old geezers like Nash and Flake with younger talent.

    • loungefly74 - Apr 25, 2013 at 9:35 AM

      well…i can see D’Antoni getting at least 1 more year…and yeah, agree…changes will be made….BUT lets hold off on that talk till the season is officially done! because, man…ya never know!

  4. robones - Apr 25, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Where are all the Lakerslupers????????????????????

  5. lakerluver - Apr 25, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    I haven’t been this bummed since Smush was in a LAKERS jersey. I didn’t expect them to beat the Spurs without Kobe anyway, like some of you numbskulls did, but just the whole season has been a disaster. However, I trust Mitch and the Buss family to get the LAKERS back to our rightful place as the best team in the NBA.

  6. bullsrgreat1 - Apr 25, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    i think the best news yesterday for the lakers was that mike brown was hired by the cavs now they dont have to pay brown anymore hopefully leading to dantoni getting fired in the summer and hopefully paving the way for phil

    • eventhorizon04 - Apr 25, 2013 at 12:58 PM

      Mike Brown’s salary isn’t the issue preventing Phil Jackson’s return to the Lakers.

      It’s Jim Buss’ ego.

  7. senorpapino - Apr 25, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    If the Lakers can win a game, it would be surprising. When your 2 of your best 4 players are hurt and your entire bench is out you really have no chance in NBA, much less against a top team.

  8. chrismt79 - Apr 25, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    I’m sorry Laker fans- I’m having a hard time hearing you over the karma … Continue, trash talking serves you well.

    “source says the Black Mamba talked relentless smack during the Olympics that the Thunder stars weren’t going back to the Finals after the Lakers acquired Steve Nash and then added Dwight Howard right before the U.S. played Spain for the gold medal. “

    • gottsacker - Apr 25, 2013 at 7:39 PM

      Imagine, a basketball player talked trash. Alert the media! It’s part of the game.

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