The older, slower, stumbling Lakers were playing on the second night of a back-to-back, so the outcome was practically predetermined. What were not expected were dual injuries to their aging backcourt, Steve Nash unable to finish the game and Kobe Bryant limping through the locker room after a 113-103 loss Thursday to the Milwaukee Bucks. Bryant was bothered by a bone spur in his left foot, Nash sidelined by what he called a hip spasm. Bryant will be evaluated by doctors in Sacramento when the Lakers arrive there Friday, a day before they play the Kings to complete a four-game trip. He was icing the foot on the bench in the fourth quarter and reentered with 6:47 to play, finishing with 30 points on six-for-17 shooting. He did not talk to reporters immediately after the game but later told Yahoo Sports that the foot "inflamed on me" but "I'll be all right." Unlike Bryant, Nash couldn't even stay on the court, leaving for good with 5:13 left in the third quarter. "I got a spasm in my hip and a [sore] hamstring," Nash said, adding that he initially felt pain in the hip during the Lakers' loss Monday to Golden State. Nash said he wanted to keep playing Thursday but Coach Mike D'Antoni and Lakers trainer Gary Vitti advised against it because it could "cause long-term damage." Nash, though, said he hoped to play Saturday. Bryant recently missed two games because of a severe sprain in his left ankle. It is not related to the bone spur in that foot, a person familiar with the situation said.
Bucks beat Lakers, 113-103, as Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash are hobbled
Los Angeles Times | Mar 29