12/23/2013 02:20 am ET Updated Feb 22, 2014

Lakers Errors Called 'Dumb Moves And Dumb Errors' By Center Chris Kaman

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PHOENIX -- For the highlight shows featuring the NBA's latest gaffes, look no further than the past few Lakers games.

Kobe Bryant threw the ball five rows into the stands. Nick Young lobbed a shot that didn't even hit the rim. Xavier Henry dribbled behind his back, only for the ball to brush off his foot and roll out of bounds.

"Dumb moves and dumb errors," Lakers center Chris Kaman recently said.

And they partly explain why the Lakers (13-14) enter tonight's game against the Phoenix Suns (16-10) at US Airways Center averaging 15.6 turnovers per contest through 10 games in December, the seventh worst mark out of 30 NBA teams.

Long-term injuries to Steve Nash (nerve issues in back), Steve Blake (hyperextended right elbow) and Jordan Farmar (strained left hamstring) have left the Lakers without a true point guard for the past five games. Before he fractured his left knee and became sidelined for the next six weeks, Bryant averaged 5.7 turnovers in six games after spending the previous eight months healing his left Achilles tendon.

The Lakers have also listed Pau Gasol as day-to-day tonight against Phoenix because of a respiratory illness, potentially leaving the Lakers without any playmakers for the second consecutive game.

"We're not used to being point guards in this league," Lakers forward Young said. "I haven't really been a point guard in bringing the ball up. I bring it up on fast breaks, but that's about it. We got to get comfortable."

Farmar could return when the Lakers host the Miami Heat on Christmas Day, but the timelines for Nash (three weeks) and Blake (five) seem distant.

The Lakers' 24 turnovers in a loss against Golden State on Saturday tied a season high. In the past two games, the Lakers' ball-handling has mostly diminished when Young (4.5 turnovers) or Henry (three turnovers) mans the point. It didn't help that Kendall Marshall's debut with the Lakers against the Warriors entailed four turnovers in only five minutes.

"We don't make excuses. Those guys are very important to our team, but we should look at it as an opportunity for the other guys to step up," said Lakers guard Jodie Meeks, who also posted four turnovers Saturday against Golden State. "We're good players and we have some new guys to help out. We have to be ready for everything."

When it comes to handling the ball, the Lakers have shown that remains easier said than done.

Lineup shuffle

Chris Kaman has gone from sitting out of games completely to ascending into the starting lineup.

That might happen again should Gasol sit out against Phoenix. But after Kaman played in two consecutive games following a string of missed appearances in 12 of the past 13 contests, Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni said "he's going to play some."

Kaman has averaged 8.3 points on 47.2 percent shooting and 5.7 rebounds in 17.5 minutes through 15 games. But aside from Kaman's back spasms, D'Antoni sat him because of his preference for a stronger interior defender (Jordan Hill, Robert Sacre) or a smaller forward (Shawne Williams). "It's a numbers thing," D'Antoni said. "It has nothing to do with players. You look and see who plays well with each other and try to figure it out."


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