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Steve Nash’s absence add to Lakers’ struggles in season of injuries

11/6/12 in NBA   |   IvanRogers   |   1352 respect

While Steve Nash may no longer be sidelined for four weeks as previously reported, the Los Angeles Lakers’ lack of substantial knowledge on his return could mark a dent in the team’s ability to come together.
 
Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike Brown walked along the same statements when he announced Dwight Howard and Kobe Bryant will remain sidelined through the exhibition games. Mike Brown announced that Steve Nash remains day-to-day and there’s been no change to the original expectation of the All-Star point guard sitting out at least one week. Steve Nash will keep up with the necessary treatment for the fractured left leg and team medical staff  will determine when he’s ready to play, upon which Mike Brown will insert the 17-year veteran back into the lineup.
 
However, Los Angeles Lakers big man Pau Gasol was more open when discussing the impact of latest injuries in bringing the team together. Pau Gasol averaged 15.8 points, 10.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists as well as 1.5 blocks in the last four games.
 
"It hurts us a little, yes. Injuries happen all the time and every team goes through them,” said Pau Gasol. “Unfortunately for us, it happened when we added new players and we're learning a new offense, so it's definitely slowing our progress down."
 
However, there remains the question of whether the injuries will become a top concern for the Los Angeles Lakers in the long run.


"I don't think so. What we have to concentrate on is playing the best we can while guys are out or hurting,” expressed Pau Gasol, “and when they get back we will start to come together as a team.”
 
“As we get toward the end of the season,” continued Pau Gasol, “we should be rolling really well by then and I think you'll see a very good basketball team."
 
The Los Angeles Lakers claimed their first victory of the season against the Detroit Pistons on Sunday night, with Steve Blake starting in Steve Nash’s absence. The 10-year veteran Steve Blake logged 30 minutes during the Los Angeles Lakers’ 108-79 win, posting 6 points, 6 assist and 5 steals with only two turnovers in the game. While Steve Blake is a skilled backup and can start for a week or even a month, he’s not a major scoring threat like Steve Nash.
 
Besides, Steve Blake’s new found role on the starting lineup weakens an already depleted Los Angeles Lakers’ bench.
 
The Los Angeles Lakers hoped the addition of veteran guard Jodie Meeks and forward Antawn Jamison would bolster the bench, but they’ve failed to put up the expected production. The Los Angeles Lakers reserves have been outscored 148-75 by the starting lineup.
 
Antwan Jamison has averaged 4.3 points and 4.3 rebounds in 16.8 minutes per , far off his career averages of 19.5 points and 7.8 rebounds.
 
Antawn Jamison has averaged 4.3 rebounds and 4.3 rebounds during 16.8 minutes per game performances this season, which fails to match by a large margin to his 19.5 points and 7.8 rebounds per game career averages. During the last four games, Antawn Jamison posted a combined 17 points, although his rebounding total is one short of that mark. The Los Angeles Lakers desperately need at least triple the scoring production from Antwan Jamison starting Wednesday night against the Utah Jazz.
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