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Lakers news: Steve Nash likely out Friday

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Steve Nash is anticipating missing Friday’s game against the New Orleans Pelicans as it is expected that head coach Mike D’Antoni will continue to sit out his 39-year-old point guard in the second game of back-to-backs, according to Mark Medina of the LA Daily News.

D’Antoni had stated throughout the preseason that he would manage Nash’s minutes in order to preserve his health by possibly sitting him out in the second game of back-to-backs as he did in last Wednesday’s game against the Golden State Warriors.

In his second season with the Lakers, Nash has already suffered a string of minor injuries that include a sore left ankle, stiff neck, and tightness in his quad. This is not to forget to mention that he is still dealing with the lingering effects of nerve damage that he suffered after breaking his left fibula in the second game of last year’s regular season.

Nash is an aging player, who will continue to struggle to stay healthy throughout the year due to the fact he has played in 19 seasons in NBA.

With Nash presumably out for Friday’s game, expect the Lakers to start Steve Blake and Jodie Meeks in the backcourt as the team did in their game against the Warriors.

In the four games he has played this season, it has been evident that Nash’s declining health has affected his play on the court as he is averaging 6.5 points and 5.0 assists on 28 percent shooting from the field in 23.5 minutes per game.

As the season progresses along it will be interesting to see if Nash will be able to overcome the injuries and be an effective player on the floor for the Lakers.

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Bob Garcia IV

Bob Garcia is a sports journalist from Southern California. He was a reporter for the award-winning newspaper, The Daily Sundial, at California State University, Northridge. You can follow him on Twitter, @BGarcia90.