Steve Nash looks to be out at least a week following a small fracture to the fibula in his left leg, suffered in a collision with Portland’s Damian Lillard last week. Nash was hopeful he could return sooner, but an MRI on Saturday revealed a non-displaced fracture in his left leg, thus prompting him to sit at least three more games.
Mike Brown has said that he won’t look to rush Nash back. Steve Blake will continue to start in the absence of Nash, with Darius Morris and Chris Duhon serving as backups. Somewhat surprisingly, Duhon did not play in the Lakers loss to the Clippers on Friday as per Mike Brown’s decision. Brown said on the absence of Nash,
“We got capable guys that can step up and fill his spot and that’s what we’re going to have to get. Obviously Darrius(Morris) is going to get some minutes so it’s going to help his growth and (Steve) Blake is going to get a chance to play with the starting group, so we’ll be able to see what he’s going to be able to bring to the table and we’ll just go from there.”
There’s no question Steve Nash will be missed as the Lakers look to get more production at the point guard role. Steve Blake finished with just 8 points with 2 assists and 3 turnovers on Friday while struggling to contain Chris Paul and Jamal Crawford. Blake will play a key role in the next few games, and fans will hope to see improved play from him as the Lakers look to avoid an 0-4 start for the second time ever tonight against the Pistons.