Steve Nash, who saw court action for the first time since Feb. 11 vs. Washington, did not participate in practice on Saturday. Instead, he underwent treatment, and is being considered a game-time decision for Sunday’s game.
Nash played 19 minutes on Friday, and finished with five points, 11 assists, four rebounds and three steals. He was very effective in his return – finishing at a plus-eight – but exited for good with 2:14 left as a precautionary measure.
“For Sunday’s game we’ll be cautious,” coach Mike D’Antoni said. “If he feels good, he’ll play. If there’s any doubt, he won’t.”
Nash has played in only 11 contests overall this season, battling the same nerve issues since last year after fracturing his lower leg in the second game at Portland on Halloween.
Xavier Henry was also a non-participant in practice as he underwent an MRI on his left wrist. D’Antoni said he will also be a game-time decision, pending the results. Henry scored 12 points off the bench vs. Washington and was coming off one of his better games of the season on Wednesday vs. San Antonio when he tallied a team-high 24 points.
Because of so many injuries this year, the Lakers have trotted out 30 different starting lineups. The coaching staff hinted at another possible change for Sunday’s game, with Wesley Johnson (over his upper respiratory infection) moving back into the three spot, plus Jordan Hill sliding in at the four.