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Steve Nash’s ankle kept him sidelined Thursday, D’Antoni hints we may see that during season

Oct 11, 2013, 11:59 AM EDT

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Steve Nash didn’t play the final three quarters of the Lakers preseason loss in Las Vegas to the Kings because of his ankle. It didn’t loosen up well during warm-ups, yet he started the game and played 8:34 minutes where he took one three (missed it), dished out a couple of assists, then went to the bench not to return.

No big deal, it’s preseason, resting Nash and letting the young guys run makes sense. We’re not going to see this during the regular season, right?

Mike D’Antoni isn’t so sure, as he told Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News.

“I’m not concerned,” D’Antoni said. “I think this will happen on and off on all year. But he’s going to give you a good season and good stuff. But we have to take care of him.”

Nash’s said ankle has been bothering him since before training camp started and it has gotten a little better, at least it had before Thursday. Now the Lakers are off to China for games, where Nash hopes to play.

Nash is 39 and will turn 40 in February. So maybe if I were D’Antoni I’d be a little concerned.

There are plenty of Lakers fans — plus a few prognosticators, some on this site — who see the Lakers as a potential playoff team in the West. I don’t because of things like this. The Lakers just have no margin for error to make the postseason in a deep West. They need Nash to be healthy all season, they need Kobe Bryant to come back early from his Achilles injury (which seems likely) and be close to his old self, they need Pau Gasol to stay healthy and be dominant around the paint (and not get traded mid-season), they need role players like Jodie Meeks to step up big, and they need to find a way to play some defense.

That’s far too many “ifs” that need to go their way for me.

Nash having ankle issues that slow him and linger into the season seem the more likely scenario, the kind of death by a thousand little cuts that the Lakers just cannot overcome.

  1. MyTeamsAllStink - Oct 11, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    the Lakers will miss the playoffs this year.And the NBA will rig the lottery so they pick first and get Wiggins.

    • 00maltliquor - Oct 11, 2013 at 1:43 PM

      Well let’s hope. LOL!

      Stern owes us one anyways c-blocking our CP3 trade. Hopefully he tells Silver that on his way out in January…

    • redbaronx - Oct 11, 2013 at 1:45 PM

      @MyTeamsAllStink – The NBA doesn’t rig the lottery. They have an independent outside audit firm that executes that Lottery.

      As far as the Lakers missing the playoffs, I’m pretty sure that’s how it is going to play out. I think they’re going to be a lot worse than people think this season.

    • asimonetti88 - Oct 11, 2013 at 9:49 PM

      Oh yeah, just like they fixed it for the Celtics in 1997 and 2007.

  2. theebadguy - Oct 11, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    Suprised SptheLame hasnt chimed IN with HIS crappy OPINION while USING all CAPS

  3. apkyletexas - Oct 11, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    LA Wizards.

    • apkyletexas - Oct 11, 2013 at 2:40 PM

      Scratch that – the Wizards have a couple of not-horrible players.

      LA Bobcats.

  4. theebadguy - Oct 11, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    Texas with some lame heavy handed trolling. Obviously needs to get a job or something to be more productive with his time

  5. tigerpork - Oct 11, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    nash was a bad signing by the lakers. all he does he get injured.

    • 00maltliquor - Oct 11, 2013 at 5:08 PM

      At the time it looked amazing. It was just one year too long, but it did look good.

      Not so much now. He gets D’d up by everybody, can’t stay in front of even an orange drill cone, can’t get by anyone anymore, and gets injured just by merely waking up in the morning. We got Nash just one or two years too late, sucks. Wish we could have kept Sessions instead.

      But with that being said he’s still the best PG we’ve had in the last decade, sadly!

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