Nash Sits Out Second Half vs. Utah

Utah Jazz v Los Angeles LakersLakers Injury Report sponsored by UCLA Health SystemFor the second straight game, Steve Nash exited early because of nerve root irritation. He did not play in the second half after logging 17 first-half minutes.

Nash was forced to leave the Lakers-Bulls game with five minutes in the third quarter after making contact with Kirk Hinrich near the same spot where he suffered the original lower left leg fracture last season.

He went through the non-physical portion of practice on Monday and acknowledged he felt much better, good enough to where he was able to suit up vs. Utah.

He played in six of the Lakers first eight games to begin the 2013-14 season before being sidelined the next 39 contests. He returned on the team’s three-game road trip starting at Minnesota and at Philly, totaling 26 points and 14 assists.