HANG TIME WEST — Laker problems continued to mount Saturday, when the team that is 0-3 and unable to develop cohesion on offense learned point guard Steve Nash will be sidelined “a minimum of a week” with a fractured bone in his lower left leg.
The injury occurred in the second quarter Wednesday at Portland. An MRI revealed what the Lakers called a “small” non-displaced fracture in the head of his fibula.
Steve Blake started in Nash’s place Friday night against the Clippers and had eight points on two-of-six shooting, two assists and three turnovers in 39 minutes before fouling out. Darius Morris played 13 minutes in the 105-95 loss.
The Lakers have three games in the next week: home against the Pistons, at Utah, and home against the Warriors. If Nash is out much longer, he could miss the first reunion against the Suns, Nov. 16 in Los Angeles.