Lakers News: Steve Nash Injury Spells Doom for L.A. vs. San Antonio Spurs

The Los Angeles Lakers were already facing an uphill battle against the second-seeded San Antonio Spurs in their first-round playoff series without superstar Kobe Bryant, but now the Lake Show is on the verge of being swept out of the postseason facing an 0-2 hole.

According to Eric Pincus of the Los Angeles Times, the Lakers have a laundry list of injuries heading into Friday night's Game 3, the most concerning one by far being Steve Nash's banged-up hip.

With Nash and Jodie Meeks both doubtful for Friday, and Steve Blake out indefinitely with a hamstring, L.A.'s backcourt is severely undermanned. Defending San Antonio's perimeter stars has already proven to be a big issue for L.A. through the first two games of the series, but now the Lakers will have to rely on Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol to deliver memorable offensive performances at Staples Center in order to force the series back to Texas.

With both Nash and Blake far from 100 percent, the Lakers will likely be without a combined 26.5 points and seven assists per game in Game 3. The Lakers also lose a veteran floor general with 120 playoff games under his belt in Nash. 

Let's face it, Kobe's season-ending Achilles injury was the worst thing that could have happened to L.A. down the stretch, but the Lakers' latest injury setbacks, including Nash's hip have all but ensured their postseason fate.

With all due respect, Darius Morris, Andrew Goudelock and Chris Duhon simply cannot match the sort of production Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili are capable of delivering for San Antonio. After all, Parker and Ginobili have combined to average 38.5 points per game in this series thus far while L.A.'s reserve trio has combined to average a measly seven points per game.

In a seven-game series, you can't hide injuries, and the Lakers are learning that firsthand this spring.

It's no secret, superstar talent wins in the NBA...

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