Lakers Who Must Step Up in Wake of Steve Nash Injury

Drew Copley@DrewatWTKRCorrespondent IINovember 5, 2012

October 30, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA;    Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Nash (10),  small forward Metta World Peace (15), shooting guard Kobe Bryant (24), center Dwight Howard (12) and power forward Pau Gasol (16) during the game against the Dallas Mavericks at the Staples Center. Dallas won 99-91. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE
Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

The Los Angeles Lakers' Steve Nash was injured in only the second game of the NBA season. Thought to only be a leg contusion after contact with Damian Lillard, the injury is now considered more serious.

As ESPN reports, Nash has suffered a small fracture in his left leg. He will be out of the lineup for at least another week, but as the LA Times notes, there is a possibility that time period may extend up to a month.

What does this mean for the Lakers, who have started the season 1-3 after being one of the favorites to win it all? It means the other point guards on the not-so-deep bench have to step up and run the offense.

Not only will they have to take over for one of the greatest in NBA history, but they will have to hold their own in a starting roster full of superstars.

Steve Blake is the obvious and immediate backup to Nash for the time being. He is averaging 5.2 points and 4.2 assists per game this season.

Playing 30 minutes against the Detroit Pistons on Sunday, Blake had six points, six assists and five steals in the Lakers' first win of the year. It's clear that he will need help manning the point guard spot.

Second-year player Darius Morris needs to step up.

Playing in only 19 games for the team last season, Morris got enough time in to give him experience for this season. He will have to be the man when Blake is getting heavy on minutes. He may not be the shooter L.A. needs at point guard, but his quickness and driving ability will be useful.

While the team also has rookie Darius Johnson-Odom and fourth-year player Jodie Meeks who can help fill the void as well, there are also other options.

Kobe Bryant is clearly capable of managing the floor at the guard position during Nash's time out.

The young point guards are eager to step up and make an immediate impact, and being surrounded by superstars helps. Here's to a speedy recovery for Steve Nash, but Lakers fans should not be worried at all.