The Lakers don’t appear to be bolstering their point guard spot anytime soon.
Despite completing agility and jogging drills for the past two days, Lakers guard Steve Nash will miss at least two more games because of a non-displaced fracture in his left leg that has already sidelined him for the past 13 contests. The Lakers also expect guard Steve Blake to sit out for at least two more weeks after having an MRI exam on his lower abdominal strain. The MRI, conducted by Dr. Peter Yoon, also revealed Blake’s tissues are torn from the bone, according to a person familiar with the results.
According to the Lakers’ time table, Blake will miss at least seven more games, including contests against the Denver Nuggets (Friday), Orlando Magic (Sunday), at Houston (Dec. 4), at New Orleans (Dec. 5), at Oklahoma City (Dec. 7), against Utah (Dec. 9) and at Cleveland (Dec. 11). Nash is penciled out at least for the Lakers’ remaining homestand against Denver and Orlando.
The Lakers (7-8) had the day off on Wednesday, but Nash spent that time receiving treatment. The Lakers originally planned for Nash to take an MRI on Monday, but decided to evaluate how his body would respond to the agility and jogging drills. Nash completed those exercises without further pain, according to Lakers spokesman John Black, and the team currently hasn’t planned for him to take another MRI.
Nash’s 13 game absence has marked his longest stretch since 1999. Meanwhile, Blake has missed the past eight games. During that time, Darius Morris has started at point guard while Chris Duhon has played the backup spot, both with mixed success.
The Lakers have sounded eager for Nash and Blake to return soon.
“Once the Steve’s come back, all of this stuff will go away,” Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni said of his team’s offense, which has eclipsed 100 points only once in his five games. “If we have this problem when that happens, then we’ll have to really talk.”
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