Lakers guard Steve Nash talks to head coach Mike Brown during their NBA basketball season opening game against Dallas

Steve Nash out at least a week with non-displaced leg fracture


The news surrounding the Lakers isn’t getting better anytime soon.

The team announced today that Steve Nash has a non-displaced fracture in his left leg, and will be out at least a week. The official release:

Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Nash was examined by team doctor Steve Lombardo and had an MRI exam. Results of the MRI showed a small non-displaced fracture in the head of his fibula (left leg).

The injury occurred in the second quarter of Wednesday night’s game in Portland against the Trail Blazers. Nash is expected to be out a minimum of a week. He will be re-examined and an update on his condition will be given at that time.

Still no time to panic, but at a minimum, this is yet another setback to add to the list of the Lakers’ early-season troubles.

A quick look at the schedule shows that L.A. might be without Nash for four games over the next eight days: Home against Detroit tomorrow, at Utah Wednesday, home against the Warriors Friday, and home against Sacramento on Sunday.

There aren’t any world-beaters standing in the Lakers’ way during that stretch, but a team without a win in three tries this season can’t afford to overlook anyone, especially without its full complement of players.

If the timetable holds relatively true, Nash could possibly be set to return Tuesday Nov. 13 for a home contest against the Spurs.

Sixers’ Wilbekin hits game-winning three vs. Cavs (VIDEO)

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LeBron James sat out the Cavs’ preseason game against the Sixers on Thursday night, but Cleveland still held the lead for all but the final 5.4 seconds. Then, Sixers rookie Scottie Wilbekin did this:

Wilbekin, who played college ball at Florida, has a chance to earn legitimate minutes for the Sixers this season as they try to find young talent on the cheap. This is a good start.

Derrick Rose’s eye still swollen, will rejoin Bulls Monday

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Eight days ago, Derrick Rose had surgery to repair a fractured orbital bone suffered in training camp. The Bulls said he would be ready to resume basketball activities in two weeks, and in the meantime will rejoin practice soon. That part is still on schedule — head coach Fred Hoiberg says Rose will be with the team when they return to Chicago on Monday following a two-game preseason road trip, but unless the swelling in his eye dies down, it could be a little longer before he can start practicing again.

Via K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune:

It’s not ideal, but since there’s no structural damage to Rose’s face, once he’s cleared to resume practicing, it’s just a matter of getting back into game shape before he can start playing in games. The team is still optimistic he’ll be able to play opening night against the Cavaliers on October 27.