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The Lakers will again be without Steve Nash as they try to hang on to their claim to the eighth seed in the Western Conference.

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The Los Angeles Lakers will not have point guard Steve Nash at their disposal when they take on the Memphis Grizzlies Friday night, reports Mike Bresnahan of The Los Angeles Times.

Nash was out of the lineup Tuesday when the Lakers faced the Dallas Mavericks, and is still having issues with his hamstring and hip. Steve Blake will continue playing the starting point guard role in his absence.

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With Los Angeles dancing on an unreasonably tight rope to get into the playoffs, Nash's injury couldn't come at a worse time. The Lakers hold onto the eighth seed currently with the Utah Jazz falling behind after losing to the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday. The Jazz host the New Orleans Hornets Friday night, giving them an opportunity to gain ground on the purple and gold again.

The Lakers have seven games remaining in their season with quite a gauntlet to survive. The Grizzlies, Los Angeles Clippers, New Orleans Hornets, Portland Trail Blazers (in Portland, always a tough place to play), Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs, and Houston Rockets are in line and there's no telling how many of those games will be without Nash.

The positive? Only one true road game, at Portland, remains. The Lakers next play on Sunday against the Clippers.

- Drew

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