Steve Nash went through the non-physical portion of practice on Monday with the team, then received treatment from the training staff. He fully expects to play vs. Utah on Tuesday, unless he is at risk of injuring himself more, both in the short term and long term.
“There’s no reason to sit out if it’s better tomorrow, and I feel pretty good,” he said. “But if it is an issue, then I’m definitely not going to try to jeopardize it any further.”
In addressing the media, Nash acknowledged the nerve is still a little irritated, although he felt much better in the morning.
Nash exited the Lakers-Bulls game on Sunday in the third quarter, after making contact with Kirk Hinrich. He tried playing through it, but left for good because of “precautionary reasons.”
“I wasn’t that scared initially because it was such an innocuous play,” Nash said. “It didn’t really hurt that much on the contact. When I tried to push off, I felt the nerve really light up. Kind of frustrating more than anything. It’s something that we can – I hope – get under control quickly here because it doesn’t feel like something that’s too serious.”
Nash played two of the three games – at Minnesota and at Philly – on the Lakers most recent road trip. He had a game-high 19 points, to go along with five assists and four rebounds on his 40th birthday at Philly. Prior, he had been sidelined 42 games, working constantly with the Lakers training staff, while making multiple trips to Vancouver to work with his personal trainer/physical therapist.
“It’s been a tough road,” he said. “I’ve had a lot of things to overcome, but you have to have a fighting mentality and spirit, and not let it get on top of you.”