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Steve Nash listed as “doubtful” for Lakers game Friday

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Well, this isn’t going to help the Lakers get things figured out.

Steve Nash is officially listed as “doubtful” for the Lakers Friday night nationally televised game against the Clippers, tweets Lakers.com reporter Mike Trudell (not to mention pretty much all the Lakers media in attendance).

Nash was injured when Portland rookie Damian Lillard accidentally kneed Nash in the shin during the second quarter of Wednesday’s game. Nash went to the locker room, tried to come out and play in the third quarter but said he couldn’t really move laterally, and went back to the locker room. It is officially just a “lower leg contusion.”

It’s not a serious injury, but Nash is 38 and these kind of things can linger for a little while.

The Lakers need Nash on the floor because they need to figure a lot of things out on both ends of the floor. Nash is the guy coach Mike Brown says has to be the guy instigating the offense, choosing between running pick-and-rolls or starting a Princeton offense set (or just trying to score in transition). That’s a lot of options and the Lakers 25 turnovers against the Blazers is a clear sign they are not all on the same page. Or maybe even reading the same book at this point. The way they get there is time together on the court.

(And this is not even talking the defensive side of the ball, where the Laker have been worse.)

This isn’t really serious in the long term, but it’s another setback for a team that is already way behind the curve.

Kobe Bryant with spin move around LeBron James (VIDEO)

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The game itself went about how you’d expect one between a title contender and a high lottery team to go — the Cavaliers 120-111 win over the Lakers was never really in doubt.

But the fans in Cleveland wanted to see some vintage Kobe Bryant, and they got it late when he spun around LeBron James and hit the reverse lay-up.

LeBron had 29 points on the night, and Kyrie Irving had 35. Kobe finished with 17 and got a standing ovation from the Cleveland crowd.

Suns’ Markieff Morris, Archie Goodwin get in scuffle on the bench

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Just another magical day in the Valley of the Sun, where clearly Jeff Hornacek was the problem….

During an early timeout in the Suns’ game at Golden State, Markieff Morris tried to explain something to Archie Goodwin, who is seated. This conversation gets heated quickly, and teammates eventually have to step in and separate the two teammates.

The Suns have shopped Morris around as the trade deadline approaches, this isn’t going to help his value.

We should find out more about what happened after the game ends, although I’m sure both sides will play it down as “nothing.”

Kawhi Leonard drains game winner to beat Orlando (VIDEO)

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This is how much Gregg Popovich trusts Kawhi Leonard on offense now: Tie game with 13.3 seconds remaining, and the play design is a 1-4 flat isolation for Leonard. It’s the kind of play teams will call for LeBron James or Kevin Durant. Popovich just called it for Leonard.

And he was rewarded with a game-winning bucket.

Leonard finished with 29 points, LaMarcus Aldridge had 21, and the Spurs head into the All-Star break with a 45-8 record, on pace to win 70 games this season. And that still would only get them a two seed.

Hornets’ Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffers shoulder dislocation, leaves game

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Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had been back just six games after suffering a torn labrum in the preseason that required surgery. The Hornets had won four of those six, were playing improved defense, and looked like a potential playoff team in the East.

Now this.

He went straight to the locker room and did not return to the game (the Pacers got the win).

You can see the injury above. In a scramble for a loose ball, the Pacers’ Ian Mahinmi falls on MKG’s arm, dislocating his shoulder.

We don’t know the severity of all this and if MKG is going to miss time beyond this game. But it isn’t good.