Steve Nash out at least a week with a small leg fracture

Lt. Daniel Kaffee feels your pain, Lakers fans.

Per Dave McMenamin...

Steve Nash has a small fracture in his left leg and will be out of the Los Angeles Lakers' lineup for at least another week.

The Lakers announced the results of the point guard's MRI exam Saturday. Nash suffered a small fracture to his fibula in a collision with Portland rookie Damian Lillard on Wednesday night. He missed the Lakers' 105-95 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night, when the Lakers dropped to 0-3 for the first time in 34 years.

Obviously, this ain't the news folks hoped to hear when the two-time MVP originally received a day-to-day diagnosis. How soon Nash returns remains to be seen, but given his age and importance, the Lakers must err on the side of caution. Pushing Nash back too early could lead to an even longer absence down the road, a situation this team can't afford to experience. They'll have to make due with Steve Blake holding down the fort for as long as necessary, and everyone must pick up Nash's slack in some fashion. In the meantime, the goal of merging Nash's style with the Princeton offense -- a mission thus far yielding mostly tentative awkwardness -- will fall that much further behind the 8-ball.

The only bright side from this news comes for either Darius Morris or those in possession of a Darius Morris Fathead. The youngster was given a surprise nod ahead of Chris Duhon for minutes behind Blake, and turned in a credible performance. At the very least, I'm guessing he did enough to make this spot this to lose while Nash recovers. It's an opportunity he likely didn't expect, and can hopefully capitalize upon.