Lakers news: Steve Nash doubtful against Clippers, Metta World Peace progressing quickly

The Los Angeles Lakers have not changed their prognosis on Steve Nash—the 39-year-old point guard remains doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers.  Nash has been experiencing ongoing problems with a sore hamstring and hip.

Nash missed the last two games, Tuesday and Friday, while backup point guard Steve Blake has been starting in his place.  Nash did not take part in Saturday’s shootaround session at the Lakers’ practice facility in El Segundo.

“I don’t think he’s going to go,” said Lakers head coach Mike D’Antoni.  “We’re shooting for Tuesday, hopefully.”

Nonetheless, the Lakers did receive some good news regarding forward Metta World Peace.  After undergoing knee surgery to have cartilage removed, the enigmatic World Peace is progressing quicker than expected and could be back before the original six-week timetable determined after the surgery.  The timetable is now four to six weeks.

On Friday, World Peace tweeted that he was running for the first time since the surgery and on Saturday, he partook in shooting drills at the practice facility. 

“He was shooting, he’s progressing really well,” said Coach D’Antoni.  “It’s now 4-6 weeks.  We’re making progress now.  He’s a little different.  He’s good.  He’s unbelievable.”

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Ben Hernandez Jr.

Ben Hernandez Jr. is a Los Angeles native who is unable to eliminate his fixation for sports, particularly the NBA. He currently works as a writer/editor for a business school and has written for various publications on topics, such as finance, politics, and health. Sports-wise, he has covered the LA Lakers and Clippers on Examiner.com. Ben is also a member of the U.S. Basketball Writers Association.


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