LOS ANGELES (Sporting Alert) — The Los Angeles Lakers, still trying to adjust to the new system, head into another game tonight without its point guard and back up.
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Starting guard Steve Nash is still out because of a left leg injury, while Steve Blake (abdominal strain) is out as well for the Staples Center outing.
Kobe Bryant and the Lakers will face the Denver Nuggets (8-8), a team that took them to seven games during the early round of the playoffs last season.
Both teams are struggling at the moment and enter this contest looking for a victory after suffering respective defeats in their last outing.
Bryant scored down 40 points in his last game, but his performance was not enough to the Lakers (7-8) from going down 79-77 to the Indiana Pacers.
The experienced guard also had 10 turnovers in the game, something that bothers him.
“It was just a tough game for us, because we didn’t make shots,” Bryant said on the Lakers official website at www.lakers.com. “On top of that, we didn’t make free throws.
“I’ve got to minimize my mistakes. Ten turnovers is way too many for me, so I have to work on perfecting that and bringing that down. I just felt like I played to the crowd too much.”
The Lakers, who is now being coached by Mike D’Antoni, have dropped three of its last four and is 2-3 under the guidance of the new coach.
“It’s been a tough stretch for us early in the season,” Howard, who is averaging 11.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.8 blocks, said. “We can’t lose our faith.
“We’ll find a rhythm and we’ll get in a groove, but we can’t let what we’re going through get us down right now.”
The Nuggets tumbled to its second successive defeat on Thursday night, following a heart-breaking 106-105 loss at Golden State Warriors.
INJURIES – LAKERS
(abdominal strain) is day-to-day.
(herniated disc/sprained right wrist) is probable.
(non-displaced fracture, left leg) is out.
INJURIES – NUGGETS
(left hip) is out.
(right hip) is out.