The Los Angeles Lakers earned their first win in 13 tries on Sunday night, beating down the perennially awful Detroit Pistons 108-79. Dwight Howard had his best game of the season. Metta World Peace seemingly found his stroke. Kobe Bryant stayed efficient. Pau Gasol was productive, as always. And yet, despite all of those good things, there was still a certain somberness in the air. Why? Because of Steve Nash’s very, very uncertain status.
Late last week, it was reported that Nash could miss a week with a small fracture in his left leg. A week is bad, obviously, but in the grand scheme of an 82-game season, it’s not devastating. On Sunday, however, that one-week estimate got revised. According to Mike Besnahan of the Los Angeles Times, Nash could actually end up being out for as long as a four weeks.
Via the report:
The Lakers acknowledged publicly that Nash would miss at least one week, but another three weeks could ultimately be tacked onto that assessment in a worst-case scenario, according to a person familiar with the situation.
The Lakers are running a brand new offense – an offense which Nash is a crucial part of. In order for everyone else to know what they’re doing, he has to be present. His delayed absence isn’t bad because the Lakers need him right now (which they do), it’s bad because it sets their development back.
Steve Kerr tells @dpshow he had the same injury Steve Nash has and it sidelined him three weeks.
— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) November 5, 2012
When asked about his recovery time, Nash offered a very Nash-esque response:
"You never know, right?" he said. "It's up to Mother Nature….I guess anything's possible."
Well, that’s comforting.
(Kudos Los Angeles Times)