Lakers News and Rumors Recap: This Is The End…

steve-nash-mike-dantoni-lakers*Sung to the tune of The Doors*

Fine. A little dramatic. But talk about not being able to catch a break; the Lakers back court just keeps getting injury after injury.

By now I am sure most of you have heard about the fate of Blake, Meeks, and Nash, all of whom look doubtful for tomorrow night:

Steve Blake had an ultrasound test today which confirmed a moderate strain of his right hamstring.  He is out indefinitely.

Steve Nash received two epidural injections in his back today; he also received a cortisone shot in his right hip.  His status for tomorrow’s game is doubtful.

Jodie Meeks will have an MRI test this afternoon on his sprained left ankle.  His status for tomorrow’s game is doubtful.

Nash has been dealing with a hip/hamstring issue over the last month or so. He played Sunday, despite admitting to the media and fans that going into Game 1 he knew he wasn’t 100%. Steve Blake, who has been playing in place of Kobe Bryant and doing an amazing job, injured his hamstring during the game. All in all, Nash finished the game with nine points and six assists in 31 minutes of play, while Steve Blake finished with 16 points and six rebounds in just under 36 minutes. Play me off, Keyboard Cat.

Ross Gasmer put together a cool little chart today detailing all the Lakers injuries this season. In case you really want to see how bad the injury bug has bit this year, check out his post.

The Lakers play their next two games at home, where fans will get a chance to cheer them on and hopefully where Kobe will be allowed to tweet again. Your starting lineup will most likely be Howard, Gasol, World Peace, Morris, and Goudelock. But don’t worry….Andrew Goudelock was MVP this year… of the D-League.

Cue the violins.

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Lakers News

How the Lakers are Gifting the Spurs the Series [Silver Screen and Roll]

Lakers Financially Benefit from Mike Brown Being Hired by Cleveland Cavaliers, Per Report [Silver Screen and Roll]

GIF: Steve Nash Lob to Pau Gasol [Silver Screen and Roll]

Lakers Injuries: Steve Blake Out, Steve Nash and Jodie Meeks Doubtful [Silver Screen and Roll]

GIF: Dwight Howard Throws Down the Lob From Pau Gasol [Silver Screen and Roll]

Steve Blake out Indefinitely [ESPN]

Lakers Finish Game 2 as Sore Losers [LA Times]

Same Old Story as Tony Parker, Spurs Down Reeling Lakers Once Again [SI.com]

Jordan Hill Cleared to Play [Lakers Blog]

Cleveland Cavaliers Officially Rehire Mike Brown as New Coach [ESPN]

Serge Ibaka Should Have Won Defensive Player of the Year Over Tyson Chandler Last Year, Marc Gasol This Year [ProBasketballTalk]

Lakers Showing the Wear of a Long, Hard Journey [Forum Blue and Gold]

Trio Adds to Lakers’ Injury Woes [ESPN]

How L.A. Must Make San Antonio’s Defense Pay [SB Nation]

Howard Feels The Red Mamba Tweaks [Hang Time Blog]

Spurs-Lakers: Kawhi Leonard is a Matchup Problem in Waiting [CBSSports.com]

Jordan Hill of Los Angeles Lakers Cleared to Play 3 months After Hip Surgery [ESPN LA]

The Extra Pass: Lakers and Warriors Forced to Juggle Lineups, Knicks Do So By Choice [ProBasketballTalk]

Lakers’ Dwight Howard is a Little Defensive About Award [LA Times]

TrueHoop TV: Who are the Lakers? [TrueHoop]

Kobe Should Go Back to Tweeting [LA Times]

LAL 91, Spurs 102: Game 2 Running Diary [Lakers Blog]

Injuries Just Too Much for Lakers [ESPN]

Your Lakers Injury Update. You’re Going to Need Time to Get Through All of It. [ProBasketballTalk]

Lakers/Spurs: A Little Overwhelming [Forum Blue and Gold]

NBA OK with Kobe Bryant’s Tweets [ESPN LA]

Dwight Howard Can’t Hold it All Together for Lakers [LA Times]

NBA News

Kevin Garnett on Track to Play [ESPN]

Russell Westbrook, Patrick Beverley are Ready for More After Tense Exchanges in Game 2 [The Point Forward]

Brian Shaw, Mike Malone Early Frontrunners for 76ers Coaching Job [ProBasketballTalk]

Knicks’ Amar’e Stoudemire Could Return for Second Round of NBA Playoffs [SI Tracking Blog]

Nets’ Johnson Might Miss Game 3 With Foot Injury [SI.com]

Rockets’ Jeremy Lin Leaves Game 2 With Muscle Contusion [SI.com]

LeBron Says Nice Things About Mike Brown Hiring in Cleveland [ProBasketballTalk]

Brown Hire Doesn’t Rule Out LeBron [ESPN Insider]

Flipping the Script in the Playoffs [Coast to Coast]

Blake Griffin Says There’s No Hatred Between Clippers and Grizzlies [CBSSports.com]

Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant Tells Sports Illustrated He’s Sick of Second [SI.com]

Demps Not Sure if Gordon Will Return to Pelicans [FanNation]

Paul George’s Sister Will Kick Your Butt [TrueHoop]

Marc Gasol of Memphis Grizzlies Wins Defensive Player of the Year Honors [ESPN]

Despite earlier Statement, Louisville’s Russ Smith to Skip NBA Draft [ProBasketballTalk]

Sacramento Group Releases Artist Renderings for New Kings Arena [The Point Forward]

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