During the 2012-13 season, the Lakers have had a dramatic year, full of winning, losing, great moments and blame, but most of all the year has been dealing with injuries.
In Thursday’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks, the Lakers’ Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash both had to leave the game with some nagging injury. Kobe was seen walking with the help of a crutch and according to the Orange County Register is dealing with a bone spur in his left foot and will be examined by a foot specialist in Sacramento, where L.A. is slated to play the Kings Saturday. ESPN reports that Nash tweaked his back, hamstring and hip against the Bucks, but is likely to play against the Kings.
Because Nash probably won’t miss any time, his injury won’t affect the team, but Kobe’s will. If Bryant can’t go, they could lose to Sacramento, and that’s one they need to win. The Black Mamba may not miss any time, but it is always harder to play at a high level when dealing with an injury that hampers your mobility in any way.
If Kobe misses the game in Sacramento, the rest of the star-studded cast of the Lakers could propel the team to victory, but the game after that against the Dallas Mavericks on April 2nd is going to be important for tie-breakers and the fortunes of at least four teams.
Currently, the Lakers are only holding off the Utah Jazz by a half a game and the Dallas Mavericks by 1.5 in the race for the eighth spot in the Western Conference playoffs. If Kobe can’t go for even a couple games, Los Angeles will have a tough time finding a way to win without him on the court.
The Lakers are also in a difficult spot, because Metta World Peace (Ron Artest) is out for the season due to injury. This year they have had to deal with each of their superstar starters out for different periods making chemistry hard to acquire.
When Nash was traded from the Phoenix Suns to the Los Angeles Lakers during the off-season, management in Hollywood must have been so confident in the superstar team they had created that they handed over some protected first-round draft picks to acquire Nash. They were one of the preseason favorites to win the title, but because of injuries and chemistry issues, they are now on the verge of missing the postseason all-together, which would hand a low lottery pick right to the Suns.