Lakers’ Steve Nash diagnosed with small fibula fracture

By Gil Alcaraz IV
Steve Nash
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It didn’t take long for the 38-year old Steve Nash to land himself on the injured list.

The Los Angeles Lakers‘ starting point guard left Wednesday night’s showdown with the Portland Trail Blazers with what appeared to be a knee injury after colliding with another player. It turns out, however, that Nash has fractured his fibula.

According to Kevin Ding of The Orange County Register, Nash is expected to miss at least one week while rehabbing the fracture. Luckily for the aging passer, he avoided the critical break and shouldn’t miss too much time as the Lakers attempt to bounce back from their 0-3 start to the 2012-2013 season.

Considering his age and how painful the injury appeared to be at the time, Nash should be thanking his lucky stars that he’s only expected to be out for a week. During that time, though, the Lakers will certainly miss the veteran facilitator who was brought in to help bring the newly-implemented Princeton offense to life.

In the meantime, the Lakers will likely go with veteran Steve Blake as their starting point guard. Blake got the nod against the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night and underwhelmed, managing eight points and two assists in 39 minutes. Although he shot 2-3 from three-point land, Blake fouled out in the fourth quarter and was generally ineffective.

The Lakers need to start notching wins now. Having Blake in the lineup instead of Nash, however, isn’t going to make that any easier. More than likely, head coach Mike Brown is crossing his fingers and toes in hopes that the healing process follows the aforementioned timeline.

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