Lakers issues continue, Nash out another week
by Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY Sports
Already hurting in the win-loss column at 0-3, the Los Angeles Lakers’ Big 3 has been reduced already to two with a significant injury.
Lakers guard Steve Nash will miss at least one week with a “small non-displaced fracture in the head of his fibula (left leg),” the Lakers said in a new release sent Saturday afternoon.
Nash sustained the injury in the second quarter of Los Angeles’ 116-106 loss against the Portland Trail Blazers on the road.
Nash did not play in Friday’s game, a 105-95 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, the Lakers’ upstart rival and on the verge of supplanting the Lakers as the best NBA team in the city.
Earlier Saturday Nash Tweeted, “Back at it today …” with an Instagram photo of a sneaker. But the veteran point guard won’t be back at it until at least Nov. 10 and will miss for certain the Lakers’ next three games.
It’s never a good time to lose a future Hall of Fame point guard, and this comes at horrible time for the Lakers. They are struggling in Coach Mike Brown’s newly structured offense featuring parts of the Princeton offense. The defense hasn’t been any better, and the Lakers started 0-3 for the first time since 1978.
Nash’s absence in half of the Trail Blazers’ game and all of the Clippers’ game shines light on troubled spot – the Lakers’ bench. Clippers point guard Chris Paul had his way the Lakers on Friday – 18 points, 15 assists, six rebounds, three steals and one turnover.
Clippers super sub Jamal Crawford had 21 points, and with 50 points in two games, Crawford has outscored the Lakers’ reserves (48 points) – who have played three games.