Steve Nash to miss Lakers-Clippers game

Whether Lakers fans like it or not, Steve Blake will start at point guard in tonight’s game against the Clippers.

Lakers guard Steve Nash will sit out because of a lower leg contusion he suffered during the team’s 116-106 loss Wednesday to the Portland Trail Blazers.

Nash sat out of the team’s practice on Thursday as well as their morning shootaround on Friday. The Lakers have listed Nash as day-to-day, meaning it’s unclear whether Nash would practice on Saturday.

The Lakers value Nash’s presence for his playmaking and court vision. But through two games, Nash has struggled, averaging only 4.5 points on 33 percent shooting and four assists in 25 minutes per contest. Although he’s embraced the concepts the new offense that includes elements of the Princeton system, Nash has admitted part of those numbers reflect the learning curve he’s going through in executing it.

With Blake slotting over to the starting point guard position, Brown said he plans to split back-up duties both to Chris Duhon and Darius Morris.

Duhon appeared in only four minutes in the Lakers’ loss to Portland. Meanwhile, Morris has yet to suit up in a regular season game.

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