The Lakers are going to missing Steve Nash for a while. (Stephen Dunn / Getty Images)

The news on Steve Nash’s injury is worse than initially expected. Now, according to a Los Angeles Times report, the Los Angeles Lakers guard could miss up to four weeks because of a small fracture in his left leg.

Nash, who was kneed in the left leg by a Portland Trail Blazers player as he ran down the court last Wednesday, was at first believed to have suffered only a bruised shin. However, an MRI showed a non-displaced fracture in the head of Nash’s fibula. On Saturday, the Lakers said Nash would miss at least one week; today, Mike Bresnahan reported that his absence could be four times that long.

“You obviously hope he’s back as soon as possible,” Coach Mike Brown said, “but the one thing you don’t want to do, you don’t want to compromise his long-term health for him coming back quicker than he should.”

At least there’s a bit of good news for the Lakers. They won for the first time in four games, beating the Detroit Pistons 108-79 on Sunday night. Steve Blake had five steals starting in Nash’s place.

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