How Much Does Steve Nash’s Injury Hurt Reeling L.A. Lakers’ Playoff Aspirations?

It's November, the Lakers are 0-3. There are still 79 games left to play in Los Angeles, but it still seems like an important time to talk about playoff positioning in relation to this Lakers team.

After an opening night loss the the Dallas Mavericks, followed by a surprising defeat to Portland and finally falling to the Clippers, Los Angeles has lost three games by a combined 28 points.

Not exactly the start to the season everybody would have expected.

What has now compounded frustration in Los Angeles is an injury to the historically healthy Steve Nash after he and Blazers point guard Damian Lillard banged knees in the second quarter of their game on Halloween.

Nash was held out of the hometown showdown against the Clippers for what was initially called a bruised leg.

Okay, cool. No big deal, right?

Well, maybe not:

Nash diagnosed with small fracture of fibula. Out at least a week.

— KEVIN DING (@KevinDing) November 3, 2012

It looks like Nash has a real injury. It may not be too serious, but for a 38-year-old point guard, any kind of moderate injury has to cause some kind of concern.

Nash and the Princeton Offense has been the focus of some headlines recently, mostly pointing to how he's rendered useless at times, but LA's offense hasn't been the big problem.

Now that he's going to be out for a bit we'll see just how important Nash is to Los Angeles' offense.

We've seen the Lakers start Steve Blake in place of Nash, and he hasn't done nearly the job they need him to. Blake can be a decent shooter at times while his ability to run an offense is miles away from Nash, even in an offense that doesn't technically need a point guard.

Nash is a kind of general that's really hard to duplicate, and that was even the case in just two games with the Lakers this season.

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