It's a statistic invented for hockey, where sticks, flying pucks and big guys on skates lead to a lot of injuries.


But the Lakers would rival some hockey teams with their "man-games lost to injury" this season — 146 and counting after their 113-103 loss Thursday against the Milwaukee Bucks.

Athletic trainer Gary Vitti recently said this was the most injury-filled season he'd experienced in 29 years with the Lakers.

That was before Metta World Peace went down Monday because of torn cartilage in his left knee, sidelining him at least six weeks.

Then Steve Nash was sidelined by what he called a hip spasm and a sore hamstring, leaving Thursday's game in the third quarter. And Kobe Bryant was limping badly after the game because of a bone spur in his left foot.

The Lakers said Friday that Nash was questionable to play Saturday against the Sacramento Kings, the final stop in a four-game road trip. Bryant was listed more optimistically as probable for the game. Both players received treatment, and Bryant consulted with a local doctor.

Unlike their counterparts in Miami, San Antonio and Oklahoma City, this season has been anything but an 82-game stroll for the Lakers.