As Ben Bolch of the Los Angeles times cleverly pointed out, the Lakers will still have a most valuable player in their backcourt at home Friday night.
‘It won’t be Kobe Bryant. It may not be Steve Nash.’
‘That could leave Andrew Goudelock, selected as MVP of theNBA’s Developmental League on Thursday after a season’s worth of memorable performances against such teams as the Fort Wayne Mad Ants and the Maine Red Claws.’
It was good for a half-hearted laugh, followed by a face-palm – picking right up where I left off Wednesday night.
With Steve Nash unlikely following the aggravation of his hip and Steve Blake out indefinitely with with a hamstring injury, the Lakers are left with three available guards.
Andrew Goudelock, Darius Morris and Chris Duhon.
Darius Morris, a second-year point guard out of Michigan, played 48 games in the regular season averaging 4 points and 1.6 assists.
With per 36 minutes averages of 10.2 points and 4 assists, the upside is there – I guess.
Chis Duhon, 30, will stand as the lone backcourt veteran Friday night.
Duhon has played 49 games for the Lakers this season and is currently averaging 5.8 assists per 36 minutes – ranking him 51st among all players.
Unfortunately, none of these guards shoot over 40 percent from the field. And seeing as Mike D’Antoni will finally have no choice but to force-feed the post, their ability to step up and knock down perimeter shots will be crucial moving forward.