Steve Nash Won't Play Against The Dallas Mavericks

4/2/13 in NBA   |   natsaar   |   160 respect

Mar 30, 2013; Sacramento, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Nash (10) talks with athletic trainer Gary Vitti after leaving the game against the Sacramento Kings in the first quarter at Sleep Train Arena. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY SportsThis is terrible news for Los Angeles Lakers, who are playing the Dallas Mavericks tonight.

Steve Nash will not play in the game due to a hamstring strain and a hip issue, which has been bothering him for some time now.

The Mavs are only 1.5 games behind the Lakers, but if the Lakers lose, they'll drop to 2.5 games behind the Utah Jazz, who are currently in 8th place and have the tiebreaker over the purple and gold.

Mike Trudell tweeted out earlier:

 

 

This means Steve Blake will be the starting point guard. Blake is not the fastest guy on the court, but he's come up big in recent games so it will be interesting to see how he fares.

Kobe Bryant is still injured, but predictably will tape his ankle together and play anyway.

Tonight will be telling to see how badly the Lakers really want to win. Hopefully Dwight Howard feels the need to show off in front of Shaq, who is getting his jersey retired at halftime, since he has always been one of Howard's biggest detractors.

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