Friday, April 26, 2013
Injuries deplete Lakers backcourt
By Nick Borges
UPDATE: Per Mike Medina of InsideSoCal.com, an MRI revealed that Jodie Meeks has a torn ligament in his sprained ankle. Although he remains listed as doubtful for Friday's game, the truth is that his playoffs may well be over at this point.
- Tom Carpenter
The Lakers don't have Kobe Bryant, Jodie Meeks or Steve Blake available now after he suffered a moderate strain of his right hamstring in Game 2 against San Antonio. They could also be without Steve Nash and as a result the starting backcourt for Game 3 might be Darius Morris and Chris Duhon.
Andrew Goudelock was signed late in the season and he should get plenty of time off the bench. Goudelock, named the D-League Player of the Year, could start if head coach Mike D'Antoni wants to have Duhon be the third-guard.
The decimation of the Lakers' backcourt means Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol need to have big games against San Antonio on Friday.
"You don't try to put everything on them, but they know that they have to dominate," D'Antoni told ESPNLosAngeles.com. "They're going to try to give you more. Now, they're playing well. So, I don't want anybody to think they got to give you more because they're not giving you enough. They're giving us a lot, but it would be great if they could dominate everybody."