San Antonio Spurs vs. Los Angeles Lakers
Tip-off: Friday, April 26, 2013 – 10:30 PM ET
STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA
Even though Steve Nash is still under pain, he is more likely to play in Game 3 tonight’s game than Steve Blake or Jodie Meeks. Not to mention Kobe Bryant is at home in a walking boot. No more NBA season for the star player.
If the Los Angeles can’t cover the gaping holes in their backcourt and figure out how to slow the San Antonio Spurs, Los Aneles’ tumultuous season probably won’t last very long.
The Lakers are still has two star big men, but even Dwight Howard knows this patchwork roster is not looking good. He won’t use it as an excuse for whatever happens after San Antonio took firm control of the series in Texas.
However, Los Angeles and their YouWager fans know the team is in a difficult position as they make it back to Staples Center. Nash and Meeks, who has a sprained left ankle, might not be suiting up for Game 3 when Los Angeles tries to get started on just the third comeback from an 0-2 NBA playoff series deficit in franchise history.
According to coach Mike D’Antoni said Blake is for sure out with a strained right hamstring. Nash tried to remain positive after getting two epidural injections and a cortisone injection — his third pain-relieving injections in a week — on his sore back and hamstrings.
If none of Los Angeles’ top four guards can play in Game 3, D’Antoni will choose a starting backcourt from the remainders: Darius Morris, Andrew Goudelock and Chris Duhon. Morris and Duhon were buried on the end of D’Antoni’s bench all season, while Goudelock was busy winning the NBA D-League’s MVP award.
Even when Los Angeles is down to third-string guards, the team still has high-caliber big men in Howard and Pau Gasol.
Coach D’Antoni believes it will be a big game in the low post from Howard and another do-everything performance by Gasol, who had two triple-doubles in Los Angeles’ final three games of the regular NBA season.