Steve Nash exited the Lakers-Bulls game with five minutes remaining in the third quarter with nerve irritation, according to Lakers PR. He did not return, finishing with eight points, two rebounds and two assists in 21 minutes.
“I think he’ll be OK on Tuesday,” coach Mike D’Antoni said. “We’ll see. Just a freak bump of knees and his back started tightening up a little bit.”
Postgame, Nash explained he made contact with Kirk Hinrich in the same spot the nerve root issue had bothered him before.
“That nerve flared up and I started to compensate,” Nash said. “I wasn’t going to be very effective and I wasn’t going to risk going back on all that work I’ve done to get back on the court.”
Nash returned at Minnesota on Feb. 4, his first game action since Nov. 10, finishing with nine points and seven assists. He sat out the next night at Cleveland (rest), but played at Philly on his 40th birthday, recording a game-high 19 points, to go along with five assists and four rebounds.
“We know the player he was and the player he is now,” Kendall Marshall said. “He’s still a great player. We’ve seen the last game. But first and foremost, we want him to be healthy. We still look to him as a leader on this team, whether he’s on the court or not, and we hope he gets back (soon).”