Feb 7, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Nash (10) shoots a layup during the second quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Fantasy Basketball: Lakers' Steve Nash 'doubtful' Sunday; Kendall Marshall, Nick Young top adds

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Lakers’ PG Steve Nash is “doubtful” to play Sunday vs. the Orlando Magic (Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports)

All it took was one game for Steve Nash to get hurt again, and his latest injury will likely force him to miss Sunday’s game vs. the Orlando Magic.

Fantasy basketball owners should be turning to the waiver wire to add Kendall Marshall.

The Los Angeles Lakers have been riddled with injuries this season, with Nash being one of the headliners.

The 40-year-old two-time MVP has dealt with nerve root irritation all season long, causing him to miss 57 of the Lakers’ 68 games.

He had already been written off for the season, but with Jordan Farmar sidelined with a groin injury, Nash made a surprise return to the court on Friday.  He played well, scoring five points and dishing out 11 assists.  The excitement was short-lived, though, as he “tweaked” the nerve again.

According to Lakers’ beat writer Dave McMenamin, Nash is “doubtful” for Sunday’s game vs. the Magic:

Nash is hopeful to return Tuesday, but his predictions are becoming less and less believable these days.

Kendall Marshall (58.8 percent owned on ESPN.com) has been struggling lately, averaging just 7.0 points and 6.3 assist over his last four games, but he’s nearly a must-add based on his potential.

In January, Marshall averaged 11.9 points and 11.5 dimes, and despite his recent lack of production, he’s still second in the NBA in assists with 9.2 per contest.

With Xavier Henry also ruled out with a wrist injury, Nick Young becomes a top option off waivers wires as well.

Young (32.2 percent owned) was scorching hot before suffering a non-displaced fracture of his knee back on Feb. 5.

The seventh-year pro is averaging 16.8 points and 1.7 3-pointers per game, but can’t be counted on in many other categories.  His 42.1 percent shooting can often be a detriment to your team’s field goal percentages.  Those deficiencies, plus the risk of re-injury, make Young a better add for matchup purposes only.


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