Although Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Nash ruled himself out of the next three games, the two-time MVP again hinted late Sunday at a possible return in at least 10 days or two weeks.
"Another 10 days to two weeks?" said Steve Nash. "That's a total guess. Since I can't run, I'm not going to play this week."
The Los Angeles Lakers begin a three-game road trip on Tuesday, firsts facing off with the Houston Rockets, ahead of a back-to-back game against the New Orleans Hornets on Wednesday. Then, the Los Angeles Lakers face the, most difficult matchup of their road trip, playing against the reigning Western Conference Champions Oklahoma City Thunder for the first time this season on Friday, before returning home to face the Utah Jazz on Sunday.
Expecting four straight victories out of the Los Angeles Lakers this week may be nothing more than wishful thinking since the longest streak the team has been able to sustain all season is a brief three-games under interim Bernie Bickerstaff during mid-November. Even a spot-less winning record this week will raise the Los Angeles Lakers to a 12-9 record this season, which is a far cry from the expectations attached with the star-studded roster since it was stripped and assembled a-new during the offseason.
However, the current 8-9 record is a testament to the Los Angeles Lakers’ disappointing performance and visible struggles on both sides of on the floor through this month. The Los Angeles Lakers only other winning streak also occurred earlier in November, with Bernie Bickerstaff taking reigns of the team after the firing of former coach Mike Woodson. The Los Angeles Lakers were playing without a proper system in place down that stretch, which they consequently tried to counter by bolstering the team’s defense.
But after hiring Mike D’Antoni at the coaching job, the Los Angeles Lakers have hardly got their money’s worth as their point guard and backcourt woes continue to preclude any comeback efforts in lack of a strong defense.
The Los Angeles Lakers desperately need their backcourt floor general Steve Nash, who has been sidelined since 31st October, playing all but two games so far this season. And more importantly, Mike D’Antoni’s entire system depends on the point guard position, as he was counting on an opportunity to coach the 8-time All-Star Steve Nash again, in a re-run of the Phoenix Suns era.
But with the Los Angeles Lakers first and second choice point guards – Steve Nash and Steve Blake – injured, Mike D’Antoni could be in for a long wait and miserable results in their three-game road trip.
Even if the Los Angeles Lakers cap two victories with a loss to the Oklahoma City (I mean seriously…), they would return 2-1 from the road trip, still sadly on their current .500 winning percentage.