Posted April 25, 2013

Lakers could be without three injured guards for Game 3 against Spurs

2013 NBA playoffs, Ben Golliver, Jodie Meeks, Los Angeles Lakers, San Antonio Spurs, Steve Blake, Steve Nash
Lakers guards Steve Blake, left, and Steve Nash could both miss Game 3 against the Spurs. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Lakers guards Steve Blake (left) and Steve Nash could miss Game 3. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Already without Kobe Bryant, the Lakers could take the Staples Center court for Game 3 against the Spurs without three other key members of their backcourt rotation, including both Game 2 starters.

The Lakers announced Thursday that Steve Blake, who was starting in place of Bryant, will miss Game 3 with a moderate right hamstring strain and is listed as out indefinitely. Starting point guard Steve Nash, who has been hampered with injuries in recent weeks, received two epidural injections in his back and a cortisone injection in his right hip and will be doubtful for Game 3. Jodie Meeks, who sprained his left ankle in Game 1 and did not play in Game 2, will also be listed as doubtful.

Blake finished with 16 points (on 6-of-15 shooting), six rebounds and two assists in Game 2. Nash added nine points (on 4-for-8 shooting), six assists and three rebounds.

So who is left if all three sit? Reserve guards Darius Morris, Andrew Goudelock and Chris Duhon.

Morris, 22, averaged four points and 1.6 assists in 48 appearances this season, starting 17 games after Nash went down with a leg injury. The Lakers re-signed Goudelock in April after waiving him in October. Goudelock, 24, spent the interim period with the D-League’s Sioux Falls SkyForce and Rio Grande Valley Vipers, and was named the D-League’s MVP after averaging 21.4 points, 5.8 assists and 4.1 rebounds. Duhon, 30, has played just three minutes total in April. He averaged 2.9 points and 2.9 assists in 46 games.

Game 3 is set for Friday night with Game 4 on Sunday. The Spurs hold a 2-0 series lead after twice beating the Lakers by double-digits.

7 comments
metalkiwis
metalkiwis like.author.displayName 1 Like

I'm disappointed that arguably the two best frontcourts are down 0-2. I want both the Gasols to advance. They are a pleasure to watch.

Robert85
Robert85

His name is Justin Dentmon.

D-League mvp 2012. Better than the players on the bench.

metalkiwis
metalkiwis

@Robert85 I look forward to the day more teams wise up and make use of the D League. 

tintulsa
tintulsa

Great comments guys.  I'm a west but mostly OKC fan followed by Dallas, Houston, Memphis, and the Clips.  I'm screwed.  I agree with the Gasols' statement.  Only Laker I like. 

metalkiwis
metalkiwis

@BlackSession1 @metalkiwis That was an awful move by Stern. Especially after what miami did and the lockout. Stern is so inept. 

But the league has for decades been favoring the Lakers, mostly through bad officiating. 

metalkiwis
metalkiwis

@tintulsa Yeah me too with Pau. I hate cheering for the Lakers, they have the worst fans and Stern rigs the league in their favor too much. But I love Pau and would like to see him lead another team to a title.