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Report: Lakers’ Nash and Blake ruled out for Pacers game

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ONTARIO, CA - OCTOBER 10: Steve Nash #10 of the Los Angeles Lakers greets Steve Blake #5 in the game against the Portland Trail Blazers at Citizens Business Bank Arena on October 10, 2012 in Ontario, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

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There was some optimism (or at least some wishful thinking from Lakers’ fans) that Steve Nash, Steve Blake, or both would be healthy enough to play Tuesday against the Pacers.

Well, it looks like Mike D’Antoni will go (at least) another game without his top two signal callers. Both Nash and Blake have already been ruled out by the Lakers:

The Lakers have been compensating for missing their top two point guards by having Kobe Bryant take over a majority of the ball handling duties while Darius Morris and Chris Duhon split minutes as the PGINO (point guard in name only).

This tactic has gone relatively well as Kobe has balanced good playmaking ability with his scoring, while Morris (good defense and ability to push the ball) and Duhon (outside shooting) have brought their skills to the table without taking much off it. It’s been a workable solution, though not ideal.

In the coming days, Nash will start to ramp up his rehab by doing non-basketball drills while Blake will continue to receive treatment on his abdominal strain. The team (especially Kobe) hopes that both will be back relatively soon, but Blake is still listed as day to day (aren’t we all?) while Nash is out indefinitely.

After a game heavy holiday week that saw them play five games in seven days, the Lakers play only three contests this week with games against the Nuggets on Friday and the Magic on Sunday after Tuesday’s Pacers game.