Steve Nash pulled himself out of L.A.’s March 30 game at Sacramento after just under two minutes of action, his back/hip/hamstring not allowing him to play, and on Sunday against San Antonio will miss his eighth consecutive game.
The Lakers managed to go 6-1 in the seven games without him, shifting ball-handling and play-making responsibilities over to Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol (over seven assists per game in Nash’s absence). But since Bryant tore his Achilles with 3:08 left in the fourth quarter of L.A.’s Friday night win over Golden State, the Lakers will miss what Nash brings to the table even more.
It’s coach Mike D’Antoni’s hope that Nash will be ready to play on Wednesday, but we’ll have to wait and see how he responds.
Super competitive and constantly hard working, Nash has been increasingly frustrated with the injury, and has been doing everything he can to get back on the floor.