dwight howard (blocks shot)

Dwight Howard blocks Piston’s Brandon Knight’s shot.

*Ok Lakers fans, you can breathe easy now. Your team won’t go 0-82 this year … no matter how hard they seemed to be trying to do just that.

They put a sound thumping on the leagues new whipping post, the Detroit Pistons, 108-79, gladly taking victory Sunday and avoiding their first 0-4 start since 1957.

But it’s still not all good news. There still the Steve Nash leg injury further complicating things.

Dwight Howard had 28 points and Lakers fans could briefly forget the news that Steve Nash might miss up to four weeks because of a small fracture in his left leg.

The Lakers acknowledged publicly that Nash would miss at least one week, but another three weeks could ultimately be tacked onto that assessment in a worst-case scenario, according to a person familiar with the situation.

Nash, however, tried to be optimistic, hoping for a return next week.

“You never know, right?” he said as he left the locker room. “It’s up to Mother Nature….I guess anything’s possible.”

Nash did not wear a walking boot as he left the arena, a good sign for Lakers fans. He didn’t break stride as he spoke to two reporters while holding his girlfriend’s hand.

These days, the Lakers will throw their arms around any semblance of good news. Thankfully for them, the Pistons were in town.

“Obviously, we needed a win,” Lakers Coach Mike Brown said. “It gives us a little belief.”

Read/learn more at LA Times.