To me, this was the worst news of this snake bitten season thus far. I was sure Nash would eventually get better even if it took a full 8 weeks. Dwight's new injury is a bummer but he should recover.
But to lose Jordan Hill, our most positive energy providing player - well, it's symptomatic of this season. Just when I was ramping back up some hopefulness that we could turn this thing around, make a run out of it and maybe surprise everyone by going deep, we get hit with this bomb.
Given Pau's ineffectiveness because of injury this season, the system and his own decline, Jordan Hill was the glue guy for the team that could fill in the holes. He could sub in for Pau or for Dwight and bring you the same thing - energy, rebounding, hustle, desire and just get after it.
Without that I don't see us making it there. Forget getting over the hump, that was always a supreme long shot. But we won't even get to that point without Jordan Hill. We just don't have anyone that I can see taking his place.
Earl Clark has been a pleasant surprise, and he's done well . . . but I just don't have a ton of faith that he can keep it up. Maybe he'll continue to surprise and help us get to the playoffs . . . no one knows, got to play the games. But . . .
I'm very sad for Hill, and for us as Laker fans. We are going to miss the guy so much this season. You ALWAYS need a guy like him who can provide a spark and never gives up.