Although the Los Angeles Lakers saw the debut of Dwight Howard yesterday, they got a double dose of bad news with other players. Both Metta World Peace (Ron Artest) and Steve Nash were injured in the Lakers loss to the Sacramento Kings. World Peace's injury looked to be more serious than Nash's, but both players managed to finish the game. Nash left to get his ankle taped, but returned.
World Peace dislocated his right middle finger while trying to go for a steal in the fourth quarter. According to Dave McMenamin of ESPN Los Angeles, World Peace is not expected to miss any playing time due to the dislocation. He managed to play through the dislocation and finished the game. He got the finger taped afterwards and will have to wear a splint the next couple games.
As for Nash, he rolled his right ankle. It was a brief scare for the Lakers as Nash had to exit the game to get the ankle taped. However, Nash returned in the fourth quarter to help close out the game. He is not expected to miss any time says McMenamin.
"It's just like when you hit your funny bone," World Peace said. "It's just annoying."
"It really hurt at first, and it's just sore now," said Nash. "I don't think I really injured it. It's just sore."World Peace finished the game with 14 points and four steals. Nash finished with six points and five assists. Neither player's contribution was enough to keep the Lakers from falling to 0-6. They hope the team is healthy come the regular season opener, but they also hope this lack of success in the preseason does not translate to the regular season.