- Posted On August 26, 2020
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error LAS VEGAS >> After spending most of his offseason fighting off persisting hamstring and back injuries, Lakers point guard Steve Nash just encountered another challenge. A sore left ankle kept Nash out of the last three quarters of the Lakers-Kings preseason game Thursday against the Sacramento Kings at MGM Grand Garden Arena.Nash sat out the entire second quarter and then headed to the Lakers locker room after going scoreless on one field-goal attempt and posting two assists and one turnover in eight minutes, 34 seconds of play.In a wide-ranging interview with this newspaper for an upcoming story, Nash said following the team’s morning shootaround that he had “tweaked” his left ankle shortly before training camp started two weeks ago. But he said he had healed the ankle since then and that the injury was never considered serious. The Lakers have limited Nash in practices and games in hopes the 39-year-old point guard will stay healthy. He missed 32 games last season, for reasons including a fractured left leg and persisting hamstring and back issues.Through two preseason games, Nash had averaged two points and 5.5 assists in 21.9 minutes. Lakers coach Mike D’Antini sat Nash out of the team’s preseason opener to conserve his energy on the second night of a back-to-back game.What are the odds?The Lakers could’ve headed over to the sports book where they stayed here at the MGM Grand Hotel for another reminder that few believe in their championship fortunes.MGM Mirage’s race and sports director Jay Rood granted the NBA championship favorite roles to Miami (2/1 odds), Chicago (4/1), Brooklyn (6/1), Oklahoma City (6/1) and the Clippers (7/1). The Lakers fall in ninth place at 18-1 odds, a generous standing for a team a season removed from a first-round exit to San Antonio. “If it was any other team, it would be in the neighborhood of 40/1,” said Rood, who attributes Los Angeles’ proximity to Las Vegas and the Lakers’ popularity as the reasons. “We still take action with them. But if their struggles continue, I’m sure they’ll go up a little bit.”Injury updatePersisting injuries to Wesley Johnson (strained left foot) and Jordan Farmar (strained right calf) kept them out of the lineup. Lakers forward Jordan Hill has a sore right knee, but he still played against the Kings.