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Steve Blake out indefinitely; Nash and Meeks doubtful for Friday

Steve Blake passes to teammate Dwight Howard while being pressured by San Antonio's Matt Bonner, left, and Tim Duncan.
(Eric Gay / Associated Press)

As the season began, so will it presumably end for the Lakers.

The Lakers announced on Thursday that Steve Blake is out indefinitely after an ultrasound confirmed a moderate strain of his right hamstring.

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Steve Nash received two additional epidural injections in his back and a cortisone shot in his right hip and is considered doubtful for Game 3 against the San Antonio Spurs on Friday.

Jodie Meeks is still scheduled to have an MRI on his sprained ankle and is also doubtful for Friday.

The Spurs have a 2-0 series lead. The Lakers’ guard corps may be reduced to Darius Morris, Chris Duhon and Andrew Goudelock.

Kobe Bryant is out for the year with a torn Achilles’ tendon.

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Injuries have defined the season for the Lakers. Why would that change during the postseason?

Nash missed 32 regular-season games, Blake 37 and Bryant four. Among the big men, Pau Gasol sat out 33, Jordan Hill 53 and Dwight Howard six.

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