Steve Nash Injury Dooms Los Angeles Lakers’ Chances at 2013 NBA Playoff Run

Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Nash's continual injury setbacks have him playing at far less than 100 percent, which ultimately will be too much for his team to overcome to make a legitimate run in the NBA playoffs.

Nash has been fighting through hamstring and hip injuries, and is now doubtful for Friday's Game 3 Western Conference postseason clash with the San Antonio Spurs, according to's Alex Kennedy:

Even the friendly confines of the STAPLES Center won't be enough to save LA from falling into a 0-3 hole in this Round 1 series. With that type of personnel off the bench and the loss of their next-best guard in Steve Blake, the Lakers simply can't match up.

The Spurs suffered through injuries of their own to star PG Tony Parker and sixth man Manu Ginobili, but that duo is playing exceptionally well over the past two games—unlike Nash.

Parker has continually torched the overmatched Nash, who is not known for his defense as it is. TNT's David Aldridge documents the tribulations the 39-year-old Nash went through on Thursday, showing just how difficult it's been for Nash to gut it out:

It has been a tumultuous season for the Lakers in 2012-13, and health setbacks to Nash and every other Laker starter have been partially to blame, along with the coinciding adjustment to new head coach Mike D'Antoni.

Putting Nash out on the floor in the state he's currently in is actually not in the best interest of the team—despite the lack of depth that exists behind him—particularly with Blake's impending absence.

Now that Pau Gasol has been given the freedom to pass from the inside, he and Dwight Howard have evolved into the formidable frontcourt they were expected to morph into. Unfortunately, they won't have Nash, Blake or superstar Kobe Bryant to complement them against the experienced, postseason-tested Spurs squad.

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