Injury Update: Steve Nash

2013 Global Games - ShanghaiLakers Injury Report Point guard Steve Nash played just 13 minutes against Minnesota before the coaching staff elected to sit him after halftime because of back pain.

“I’m concerned,” coach Mike D’Antoni said postgame. “He was struggling physically tonight, you could just see it on his face and that’s why I took him out. We shut him down more or less. He was struggling.”

Steve Blake also expressed concern for his teammate.

“I hate to see him struggling like that with injuries,” Blake said. “Hopefully we can get him back (soon).”

Postgame, Nash addressed assembled media members and discussed his injury.

Nash has played in six of the team’s eight games this season, sitting out both times during the team’s two back-to-back contests. The 18-year NBA veteran has consistently acknowledged that he still deals with nerve damage from a lower leg fracture suffered last year at Portland.

Jodie Meeks, who finished with 16 points, started in place of Nash alongside Blake in the second half.