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Nash has small left leg fracture, out another week

Associated Press Modified: November 3, 2012 at 5:04 pm •  Published: November 3, 2012
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Steve Nash has a small fracture in his left leg and will be out of the Los Angeles Lakers' lineup for at least another week.

The Lakers announced the results of their point guard's MRI exam Saturday, throwing yet another complication into their dismaying start to the season.

Nash got hurt in a collision with Damian Lillard on Wednesday night, bumping legs with the Portland rookie in the second quarter. The two-time NBA MVP attempted to keep playing in the second half, but quickly left the game again.

Nash missed the Lakers' 105-95 loss to the Clippers on Friday night, dropping the Lakers to 0-3 for the first time in 34 years and just the fourth time in franchise history. The Lakers host Detroit on Sunday night.

The Lakers initially announced Nash had simply bruised his leg, but the MRI exam revealed a small fracture on the head of his fibula. Such injuries vary widely in their severity, and the Lakers will re-evaluate Nash next weekend.

Coach Mike Brown acknowledges Nash is the key to the Princeton-style offensive sets installed by the Lakers this fall, but the star guard looked just as uncomfortable as his teammates in that offense during the Lakers' 0-8 preseason and again in the regular season.

The Lakers have committed 59 turnovers in their three games, including 20 against the Clippers.

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