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No Nash for Lakers; Goudelock, Morris to start, try and be unlikely heroes

Apr 26, 2013, 10:01 PM EDT

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LOS ANGELES — The virtual worst-case scenario has become the Lakers reality.

No Kobe Bryant No Steve Nash (two epidurals, one cortisone shot). No Steve Blake. No Jodie Meeks.

Mike D’Antoni made it official pregame: Your Lakers starting backcourt is Andrew Goudelock and Darius Morris. They will bring Chris Duhon off the bench.

By the way, Metta World Peace was in the locker room after getting his knee drained in the last 24 hours, but it’s safe to say he moved stiffly.

How does Mike D’Antoni deal with what he called an “over the top” string of injuries?

“As a coach you sleep like a baby — every 15 minutes you wake up and cry,” D’Antoni said.

Goudelock will be honored by the Lakers before the game — the guy known as a gunner around the team was named NBA D-League MVP this season for his play with Sioux Falls.

In the Lakers locker room, surrounded by the kind of media scrum that usually is reserved for Dwight Howard or World Peace, Goudelock talked about trying to grab the moment.

“(D’Antoni told me) Just play, which I was going to do anyway,” Goudelock said. “Just go out there and hoop, don’t worry about anything…

“(Kobe Bryant) says his choice words. He just told me to go out there and play, he knows I can play so go out there and do it… then he talked about, he saw me play the other day and gave some advice on guarding against Tony Parker.”

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said he really had not even seen a scouting report on the Lakers young stars, but fortunately other guys knew them. His point was not to have his players let down because he expects Goudelock and Morris to go hard. Then again, the Spurs should have figured that out after Kobe went down and the Lakers kept coming hard.

The Lakers problem is they are just overmatched.

  1. claymatthewsisonsteroids - Apr 26, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    Even if the Lakers were 100% healthy, they would still get swept by the Spurs. It really doesn’t matter who they have playing.

    • money2long - Apr 26, 2013 at 11:35 PM

      not true . the end

    • andrewproughcfe - Apr 27, 2013 at 12:00 AM

      Totally untrue. As a Spurs fan, I can tell you that a healthy Lakers squad would have likely taken it to 7 games, and could easily have won it outright. If Kobe and Nash were able to hit from outside, Dwight and Pau would be getting a lot more room to maneuver inside.

      Keep in mind, you haven’t seen those four guys healthy for most of the season. Even Kobe was dealing with various leg and ankle problems for the past few months, before popping the achilles.

      • money2long - Apr 27, 2013 at 1:11 AM

        i don’t know when i’ve seen a healthy nash all year. the other 4 lakers starters, although ravaged with injuries themselves, at least had some good stretches of decent health. that rollercoaster spells doom for any team though. but with nash, i don’t know if i have even seen him play healthy basketball for a good month’s stretch. if he was at 100 percent, which is sometimes fantasy for any player to be at during this point in the season, but if he were (based on claymatthewsisonsteroids’ assertion of a completely healthy lakers squad), i cosign everything u said andrewproughcfe.

  2. erckle31 - Apr 26, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    Is the world gonna end now? Wow.

  3. 13arod - Apr 26, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    nash can’t play thought pain he isn’t tje same player he was when he played with the suns

  4. saint1997 - Apr 26, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    Dude has had more epidurals than the octomum

  5. omniusprime - Apr 27, 2013 at 8:58 AM

    Best thing that could happen for the Lakers was for Ancient Trash Nash and Steve Flake to both be out, hopefully we’ve seen the last of these two old geezer deadbeats in Laker uniforms. I was glad that Goudelock got a chance to start along with Morris, it’s time to find the future point guards of the Lakers. Sad that Jodie Meeks couldn’t play.

    Good for Dumbtoni that he has been brought low by all the injuries, now he knows what us Laker fans feel about his worthless coaching. Absolutely no defensive game plan whatsoever for the Lakers because the coach is totally ignorant of how to devise a good defensive system.

    Also let’s not forget that Kobe isn’t playing because Dumbtoni wasn’t man enough to tell Kobe when to sit down the last part of the season and especially the game he seriously injured himself on his third injury of that game. For that alone Dumbtoni needs to be run out of LA. All Dumbtoni cared about was having Kobe save his job instead of caring about Kobe’s future.

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

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