2013 NBA Playoffs: Los Angeles Lakers in Tough Spot Following Injuries to Steve Nash, Jodie Meeks & Steve Blake
The Los Angeles Lakers have had a roller coaster of a season to say the least.
Following an early season coaching change and a sluggish start that appeared to hinder their playoff chances, the Lakers responded down the stretch of the regular season, earning the No. 7 seed in the Western Conference playoffs. However, a torn Achilles sidelined superstar leader Kobe Bryant just prior to the start of the Lakers’ first round match-up with the second seeded San Antonio Spurs.
Now two games into their playoff series with San Antonio, the Lakers trail the Spurs 2-0 and once again, the injury bug has set in. On Thursday afternoon, the Lakers announced three more injuries that will set the team back even more so as the series flips back home to Los Angeles.
Steve Blake will be out indefinitely with a hamstring injury, according to reports, while Steve Nash and Jodie Meeks are listed as “doubtful” for Game 3. Nash has an injury that touches upon both his hip and his hamstring, while Meeks could be sidelined with an ankle injury.
Lakers just announced Steve Blake (hamstring) out indefinitely andSteve Nash (hip/hamstring) & Jodie Meeks (ankle) doubtful for Game 3
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) April 25, 2013
The injuries could be downright devastating for the Lakers, especially if both Nash and Meeks are unable to play on Saturday in Game 3. Trialing 2-0, the series is obviously not over, but how much of a chance were people giving the Lakers without Kobe to begin with? Now add these three latest injuries to the fold and the Spurs could be poised for a sweep if things don’t change.
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