Los Angeles Lakers: Trio of guards all doubtful for Game 3

By Gil Alcaraz IV
Jodie Meeks
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It’s been a rough season for the Los Angeles Lakers, who have kept trainer Gary Vitti busy all season long with a string of untimely injuries.

As if Kobe Bryant’s season-ending Achilles tear wasn’t enough for the Lakers to overcome facing a 0-2 deficit to the San Antonio Spurs in the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs, the NBA gods have given them another reason to hang their heads.

According to a statement by the Lakers, guards Steve Nash, Steve Blake and Jodie Meeks are all considered doubtful for Friday’s Game 3 at Staples Center.

“Steve Blake had an ultrasound test today which confirmed a moderate strain in his right hamstring. He is out indefinitely.

Steve Nash received two epidural injections in his back today; he also received a cortisone shot in his right hip. His status for tomorrow’s game is doubtful.

Jodie Meeks will have an MRI test this afternoon on his sprained left ankle. His status for tomorrow’s game is doubtful.”

If all three are forced to miss Friday’s night action against the Spurs, the Lakers would be left extremely thin at both guard spots. More than likely, Darius Morris would be forced to start at point guard, meaning that the unproven youngster would be matched up against Tony Parker. There’s still a chance that Meeks or Nash could surprise and suit up.

Unfortunately, with their entire backcourt in shambles, the Lakers can be all but counted out of the 2013 NBA Playoffs. It was already a long shot with Bryant out, and injuries to Blake and Nash appear to be the final nails in the coffin.

Let the speculation on whether or not Dwight Howard re-signs begin.

Gil Alcaraz IV is a Content Planner/NFL Featured Columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @GilAlcarazIV, like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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