The Los Angeles Lakers are now down their entire starting backcourt as they try to steal a game at home against the San Antonio Spurs in Game 3 of their first-round series. Already missing Kobe Bryant with his torn Achilles' tendon, the Lakers won't have Steve Nash playing against Tony Parker and the Spurs.
Steve Nash is out, per D'Antoni. He said starting backcourt will be Morris and Goudelock.— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) April 27, 2013
Steve Nash has been battling various injuries as of late and they won't allow him to even try testing if he can play Friday night. Instead, Darius Morris will receive just the 18th start of his career (including playoffs) and Andrew Goudelock will make his first career start.
Goudelock was named the 2012-13 D-League MVP. When asked earlier on Friday about his defensive matchup with Spurs' All-Star and former Finals MVP Tony Parker, Goudelock said:
"Just stay in front of him,” Goudelock said, matter-of-factly. “He's a really quick guy, don't let him get anything in transition, stay up on the pick-and-rolls. He's got to guard me, too, so I'm not really worried about Tony Parker.”
Well, at least the Lakers won't be losing any confidence in the starting lineup.