Darius Morris and Andrew Goudelock. Remember those names. Unless Steve Nash has a miraculous recovery in the next three hours, or unless some takes up the above offer to suit, they will be the Lakers’ starting guards in tonight’s third playoff game against San Antonio. Darius Morris and Andrew Goudelock.
Goudelock spent the season in the Development league, and Morris played the equivalent of 14 full games during the entire season.
I figure that Nash will start, but how long he can go is speculative. I figure he’ll play about 22 minutes for the entire game. Steve Blake, however, is definitely out tonight and for the foreseeable future, and Jodie Meeks is also most likely out. So, even Chris Duhon figures to step on the court.
Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard, and Steve Nash Framed Photograph
|It’s not as if Tony Parker is looking healthier than he has in a couple of months, or as if Manu Ginobili is back and playing 20+ minutes, or as if Gary Neal and Danny Green are playing pretty well. Oh, wait – they all are.
The first home game after losing two on the road is always the key game in a playoff series. The Lakers are screwed.
Anyway, it’s time for a good laugh. All season, Deee-Wight Howard has been the laughing man, whether rain or shine, win or lose, great
play or miserable screw-up, Howard can be seen smiling and laughing as he meanders down the court. Well, he just came up with his funniest line of the season, when is reported to have said the following after practice at the Lakers’ training complex. Quoth the Deee-Wight: “‘We have total confidence that we can come back and win this series.”
One final note: Before injuries set in, the Spurs were playing lights out, and figured to give Oklahoma City a run for the Western Conference title. After Parker and Ginobili got hurt, there did not look like the same team, and the Thunder were looking really tough. Now, Parker and Ginobili are healthier, the Spurs are back on track, and Oklahoma City has its own serious injury problem now, losing Russell Westbrook for two weeks to two months, depending on the seriousness of his knee injury. He suffered a slight tear of the lateral meniscus, which is a more serious injury than a tear of the medial meniscus, the injury that the meta tag artest psysho thing suffered. The psycho thing was back playing in less than two weeks, but he now is saying he came back too soon. What they find during surgery and how extensive it needs to be will determine how soon Westbrook can try to return, but he may well be done for the year.
And James Harden is in Houston.